Albany- An Albany church turns 173. Members of the St. Paul's Baptist Church have been celebrating the church's 173rd birthday.
The church was originally across Sylvester road from where it stands today, but was destroyed in a storm. Reverend Richard Jordan has been a member of the church for 73 years and says the secret to its long history is putting it in the Lord's hands.
"This church has lasted as long because of the fact that the people who love the lord and accept leadership and that's what's got us to where we are now," said Rev. Richard Jordan, St. Paul's Baptist Church.
The church is the oldest church in Dougherty County. Long standing members of the church were honored today along with the church's oldest member Josie Walker Miller who's been a member for 82 years.