With more than 300 active houses of worship, Our Faith has always avoided awarding the title of Oldest Congregation or Senior Cleric. We might be wrong — which would never do in these pages.

A handful of churches have passed 175 years and even more have celebrated their centennials of service.

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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Samuel Collins III

Congratulations Pastor Benford on 70 years of service.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Pastor Benford is a true legend and a testament to faithfulness. He loves G-County, Rising Sar, and his family and friends. At 90 years old, his mind is still SHARP! He deserves our love and respect. Rising Star you are a blessed church to follow your pastor for 70 years. Wow! Congratulations and I will see you at the Parade this weekend!

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