First Baptist Church of Laurelton celebrates 160th anniversary


BRICK TOWNSHIP — In 1957, a small white church was erected on Route 88, then known as Point Pleasant Road.

One hundred and sixty years later that little white church, the First Baptist Church of Laurelton, still stands in a nod to local history and the determination of generations of congregants to keep it going.

“It’s very humbling,” said Rev. Santiago Norori, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Laurelton. “I’m grateful to God to be their pastor and also for us to be able to have our doors open. For us to be involved in our community, to reach out to them, to help people, offer them hope, comfort them when they’re in mourning. For me it’s wonderful that the church is still here.”

In celebration of the milestone anniversary, church leaders and congregants are coming together to remember the history of the church and celebrate 160 years of fellowship.

Rev. Norori will lead the congregation in a special service on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4:3o p.m., with speeches by Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer, general secretary of American Baptist Churches of the United States, and Mayor John Ducey, as well as musical performances and a visit from Boy Scout Troop 39 as well as local pastors.

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