This year, Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church will mark 100 years in the
Janie Brown Miller, 88, was among eight legends who shared their fondest memories of Greater Piney Grove during the Saturday forum. Brown Miller joined the church as a second-generation family member seven decades ago and is glad that she did.
The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church has chronicled its history with an array of artifacts in an exhibit in the church's basement. Officals performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit on Feb. 8.
“My fondest memory was actually joining the church in 1944. My mom and two aunts were already members,” said Brown Miller, who sang in two of
the church’s choirs and served on the
Brown Miller is not alone. Her cousin, Alzora Heard Pitts, also has been having a “good time” for a long time.
“We’ve been through everything—from what you call down home services and powerful three-day revivals to the contemporary service and revivals we still enjoy today,” said Heard Pitts, 80, who joined in 1946.
Considered one of the church’s mothers, Heard Pitts said she believes the youths are the future of the church.
“You have to reach out to the youth. We always felt that was important. They are not perfect but neither are we. We can’t make the youth feel uneasy or awkward around us.”
Kenneth J. Lowe, 59, another long-time member, shared his stories of growing up at “The Grove.” Lowe said he learned how to play the piano at the church by a Sunday school teacher by the
“I’ve been a member of this church for 53 yearsbut I’ve been here all my life. Not only did I grow up in the church, I was literally nearly born in the church. My mother was in choir rehearsal when she went into labor,” said Lowe. “On top of that, two panelists on this forum were the first two women to hold me. I went from my mother’s womb to their hands. Mother Shepherd was a nurse at Hughes Spalding at my delivery and my Aunt Janie Miller was my mother’s best friend in the choir. She was in the delivery room. I remember going from lap to lap between the three of