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Georgia church has long history, tall building


The Sun News in Warner Robbins, Ga., profiles a the Warner Robbins Church of Christ:

Gene Stilwell is minister for the Warner Robins Church of Christ in Georgia. (Photo by Michael W. Pannell, via www.macon.com)

For years, the Warner Robins Church of Christ building has towered at the corner of Watson Boulevard and Corder Road.
“The church met in various places in the 1950s and ended up on Manor Court,” said Gene Stilwell, minister at the church. “In 1965, we moved out here and you can still talk to people who don’t really know our church name, but when you say that tall building at Watson and Corder, they remember the structure. It’s just been here that long on the way to the interstate.”

Stilwell also discusses the nature of Churches of Christ:

Stilwell said the Church of Christ is non-denominational and that each congregation is an autonomous, self-governing body.
However, he said, there is close fellowship and cooperative efforts among Church of Christ congregations for missions and other endeavors of which the Warner Robins church is part. He said the Warner Robins Church of Christ is overseen by four elders who watch out for physical and spiritual aspects of the church.
Stilwell is considered the church’s pulpit minister.
“When I’m preparing to preach, I always have people’s needs in mind,” he said. “I’m a big proponent of knowing the needs around you and addressing them.
“Sometimes one of the elders will suggest we need a study on a certain topic for a certain reason, and I’m eager to do that. We really try to teach the gospel to people in the community through all the various methods we have. We’re the Middle Georgia campus of the Georgia School of Preaching and Biblical Studies.

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  • Feedback
    Hey, didn’t you graduate from ETSOPM? If so, I remember hlping you and some other class mate move in. I am preaching for the Colliers Way church of Christ in Weirton, Wv. Glad to see all is well…Tom
    Tom Derby
    March, 16 2012

    Seems like there should be a picture of the building somewhere in this article or the links in it. Had to Google it….
    Gerald ‘G’ Franks
    March, 28 2012

    I just read Lindell Doty’s tribute to W Ray Duncan. W Ray baptized my wife and I in 1961 when Ray was the minister of the Central Church of Christ in West Palm Beach. My wife passed away in 1978 and I quit attending the church services. I was ultimately withdrawn from fellowship by the elders back then and spent many years out of favor with the Lord. I received letters from Ray encouraging me to be restored and said that he was going to see Lee, my late wife in heaven. I did not make my life right until recenly, 31 years later, when I rededicated my life to the Lord in early June of this year.
    W Ray was a good man and he converted many people to Christ. I owe him and I thank him for showing me the way.
    Lowell Flowers
    Lowell Flowers
    June, 27 2012

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