Church schedules grand opening of museum 50th anniversary nears for Full Gospel Baptist

June 20, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

As Full Gospel Baptist Church in Cooksville prepares to turn 50 this month, the 60-member church will have a grand opening of its museum, displaying the history of the only black Baptist church in western Howard County.

The opening of the museum in the church's basement will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church on Frederick Road.

The more than 100 items include robes, chairs, books, photographs, glassware, lamps and the founding pastor's first briefcase.

"It promises to be an enlightening experience," said the museum's coordinator, Ruth Olorunfemi.

On June 30, the 50th anniversary celebration will be held at the church, featuring a dinner and singing.

The church, led by the Rev. James H. Stovall, was started in 1922 when William and Lydia Adams held services for Full Gospel Tabernacle in their Catonsville home.

In 1944, the Rev. John Wesley Holland Sr., of Cooksville became pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, which he built next to his Cooksville home.

On June 30, 1946, the church was dedicated as Full Gospel Tabernacle. Its name was changed to Full Gospel Baptist Church in 1987.

Pub Date: 6/20/96

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