Twin Rivers Baptist Church marking anniversary

WHIPPLE — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, is hosting services Sunday to mark its 23rd anniversary.

The observance marks 23 years to the day of the church’s first services, which happened May 5, 1996.

Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school with classes for all ages, followed by worship service at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Baumer speaking.

A covered dish meal follows in the church’s Family Center after the morning service. A brief afternoon service will follow with music by the church’s Adult Choir and Youth Choir. There will be no evening service.

Twin Rivers Baptist Church had its first worship service May 5, 1996, in the Ohio Valley Room of the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta with James P. Rushing Jr., the church’s founding pastor, speaking on “How To Have A Healthy Church.”

That first service was attended by 157 people.

A chartering service happened June 9 in the Marietta High School auditorium with Evangelist Bobby Brown as the speaker. The church charter was signed by 136 charter members.

Before purchasing the property on D.A.V. Road, where the church is located, services were held in the Marietta High School auditorium, the Betsey Mills Club and the Washington County Career Center.

The church purchased a little over seven acres on D.A.V. Road, just off Ohio 821, in August 1996. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new church building was Oct. 26, 1997, and the first worship service in the newly constructed church was Oct. 4, 1998.

TRBC added a new $1 million Family Center addition a few years ago. A ground breaking for the new addition was held on June 28, 2015; and a dedication service for it was conducted on June 5, 2016.

Jeff Baumer has served as church pastor since December 2008.