WILKINSON — In 1889, 59 Christians in eastern Hancock County banded together and entered into “covenant to meet together as the Church of Christ at Wilkinson.”
So read the organizational preamble of the Wilkinson Church of Christ on Jan. 1, 1889, and 125 years later, the body continues to be a faith pillar.
The church celebrated its longevity with a special service on March 9 with nearly 500 in attendance.
From those original 59 along with the remnants of two earlier seed churches in the area, Wilkinson Church of Christ has grown through four separate buildings and multiple additions.
In 1994, the church added an additional worship service for its 600-member roster, with an average Sunday attendance of about 400, said Senior Pastor Ryan McCarty.
Because of the church growth, especially that of its children’s ministry, services are now held in the Family Life Center that was built in 1987.