Reaching back into the churchs history, Guffey said former pastor Dr. S. George Lovell (pastor from 1954 to 1981) was very involved in and remembered today for his support of civil rights. On Guffeys first Sunday preaching at the church 10 years ago, a delegation of retired African American preachers sat in the congregation, a tradition they observe each time a new pastor joins the church. i loved thisThat got my attention, he said. Dr. Lovell reached out as a leader from the white community during civil rights. He had himself and the parsonage threatened. His story is told in a video done near the end of his life.
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