Galveston was on the nation’s mind in 1969 with the release of Glen Campbell’s best-selling Capitol Records single, which bore the island’s name and added a plaintive and romantic tone to, in turn, youth, beach life and a mild protest against the ongoing conflict in Vietnam.

It was the culture of change that saw Galveston’s Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) setting up shop in their new sanctuary at 2702 Ave. O ½. The building was completed and occupied on Sept. 24, 1969 and the first services were held under the leadership of Reverend John T. Muir.

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