[Posted on Jul 20, 2016 | 488 views]
Parishioners gathered at Gloucester’s Zion Poplars Baptist Church to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church. Photo by Peter Teagle
The Rev Dr. Elton Pryor, left, and the Rev. Dr. Shawn J. Livingston, right, stand behind the pulpit before the start of the 3 p.m. service. The Rev. Dr. Livingston was guest pastor and led the afternoon service. Photo by Peter Teagle
Deacon Jeff Walker, left, and Trustee Jeff Jenkins, center, stand with church clerk Emily Sue Jones for the collection of the church offering during the afternoon service. Photo by Peter Teagle
Sister Mary Gordon, left, stands with her brother, the Rev. John Smith, center, and Zion Poplars’ Rev. Dr. Elton Pryor, right, before the 3 p.m. service. Sister Gordon and the Rev. Mr. Smith are the children of Zion Poplars’ eighth pastor, the Rev. Mr. Warner Smith, who served for 45 years. Photo by Peter Teagle
Esther Whiting, Janice Larrimore, and Gwen Wilson, from left, cleaned up the church’s kitchen following the afternoon dinner. Photo by Peter Teagle
Janice Larrimore (holding baby Delacey), alongside Henrietta Wilson, Deanna Fitzgerald and Gwen Wilson, from left, following the afternoon dinner. All four women worked hard between services to ensure a successful 150th anniversary. Photo by Peter Teagle
The Rev. Dr. Shawn J. Singleton, left, and another guest pastor listen as the Rev. Dr. Elton Pryor, right, delivers a message at the conclusion of the service. Dr. Pryor spoke on the importance of leadership and told the congregation how honored he was to have been pastor of Zion Poplars Baptist Church for the last 16 years. Photo by Peter Teagle
 
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