Sunday March 14th was the 60th Anniversary celebration for First Baptist Church in Fort Atkinson. Rod Anderson is the pastor of this local ministry. Former pastor Ron Hoffman and his family were present for the day as was former Assistant Pastor Roy Tellier. Also a good number of former members who have moved away came for the special celebration or sent letters of greeting. A former member also gave a very nice framed, colored line drawing of the church which will be displayed in the church entryway.
A Sunday School challenge was provided by Pastor Randy Hoffman, son of former pastor Ron Hoffman. Randy is currently pastoring Harbor Lights Baptist Church in Ashland, Wisconsin. His wife Leanne and his children were present as well. Former Assistant Pastor Roy Tellier preached for the AM service sharing his personal testimony of being reached by members of First Baptist. He along with his wife Debbie is presently the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Following a delicious catered dinner I closed out the day speaking in an afternoon service. Carole and I also provided special music for the AM service and she an offertory in the afternoon service.
Praise the Lord for six decades of faithful ministry. It was a special blessing to hear testimonies of many lives who have been touched by the ministry of First Baptist over the past 60 years. It is our prayer that God will give them many more years of effective ministry in the city of Fort Atkinson.