Sylacauga church to celebrate its 110th year
by June Winters
Members of Sylacauga’s First Presbyterian Church will be rolling out the red carpet Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, in celebration of their 110th homecoming.

“Coming home” to fill the pulpit that Sunday morning will be the Rev. G. Taylor Brown, a former minister of the church.

Festivities begin Saturday, 2-5 p.m., with a fellowship hour, group sing-along and featured soloists. A special highlight will be viewing a DVD of members at various church activities over the years, and also photos of several special events that have taken place at the church. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday will begin at 8:45 a.m. with Sunday school, and will be followed at 10 a.m. with worship service. A covered-dish luncheon will be served at 11 a.m.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., there will be a concert featuring the Unity Quartet from Scottsboro.

The Rev. Ross Reddick, minister of First Presbyterian Church, said he and the congregation are looking forward to worshiping with their visitors and former members.

“We hope to see those living here as well as those who are making their home in other places,” Reddick said. “It’s going to be a time filled with Christian fellowship and reminiscing, and we sincerely hope they will all join us.”

Brown served as minister of Sylacauga First Presbyterian Church for six years, beginning in 1991.

He graduated in 1972 from College of the Ozarks with an English degree, with an emphasis in gerontology. Brown pursued a career in social services for the elderly and completed 11 graduate hours at Southeast Missouri State University in guidance and counseling.

He became a candidate for ministry in 1982, and completed his Master of Divinity in 1985. He was ordained later that year.

He served First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, Ark., and Forestdale Presbyterian Church in Birmingham before coming to Sylacauga. In 1997, Brown retired due to health reasons.

The Browns moved to Columbus, Ga., and in 1998, he was appointed as stated supply of First Presbyterian Church of Phenix City.

He has been published in Guideposts and in 2012, he was granted Honorable Retirement from the Presbytery of Sheppard’s and Lapsley.

He is married to the former Linda Ruff. They have one daughter, Stephanie Brown (Mrs. Ronnie) Swoger, and one grandson, Hutton Swoger.
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