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October 5, 2012

50 years strong

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Bowen, who describes himself as a history buff, admits he wants to see the church grow, but he wants to respect the current building and the history attached to it.

“This building, I have no intentions as long as I’m here, I don’t care how many buildings we build, I’ll never tear this one down because I think we need to be reminded of where we come from,” Bowen said.

The church originally met 60 years ago at the Enterprise School, formerly located across the street from the church. The idea for the church began when Immanuel Baptist Church decided to have a mission church.

Since its official incorporation 50 years ago, the church has had 13 pastors, most of them have been students from Oklahoma Baptist University or retired pastors.

“A lot of them have moved on. We’ve got some that are in New York, some that are in Arizona. Some that have started missions in other countries. From this little church, a lot of people not only from across the country, but all over the world, have been used to help other people,” Bowen said.

The church averages 80 members and has two Sunday morning services. A traditional service is held at 8:30 a.m. and a contemporary service is from 11 a.m.-noon.

“I think it is a good church. I think it’s full of good, honest people and it reminds me of home,” Bowen said. “This church has been a great blessing for me. It restores your faith when you see people that actually care. There are a lot of things we can’t offer, but we can offer friendship and a place that you feel like you belong.”

For more information on Enterprise Baptist Church, visit www.enterprisebaptist.com or the church’s Facebook page.

Shana Adkisson366-3544sadkisson@normantranscript.com

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