Stanchfield Baptist Church celebrates 145th Anniversary

The members and congregation of the Stanchfield Baptist Church will celebrate its 145th anniversary Aug. 5-7.  The community is invited to attend. Activities will include the much-celebrated Braham Annual Pie Day, Aug. 5, with a booth sponsored by the church. Stop by to visit.

On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m., you are invited to “Stanchfield Nostalgia” at the church where past history comes alive in a video presentation. Video clips of former members and pastors taken by Pastor Dale Cope will also be shown.  Coffee and treats will be available.

The celebrations for Sunday, Aug. 7 will include Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m., combined worship service at 11 a.m., catered dinner at noon, followed by a comprehensive program about Stanchfield’s family history and research at approximately 1 p.m.

Both the adult Sunday school program and worship service will feature Judd Johnson, recent director of Haiti’s Samaritan’s Purse ministry, which is dealing with re-construction projects in Haiti. Johnson is presently transitioning to a new position of management of construction and volunteer teams. Join them in hearing about the wonderful ministry and what he is doing in Haiti.

The church worship service will include many former members and pastors of the church.  The former choir director, Jennifer Norton, will lead an “all church choir.” Former members and any others interested will be invited to the front to sing. It will be a great praise to the Lord.

Heidi Seals and Tracy Walfoort will prepare the delicious Swedish meal at noon.  The meal is of no charge with donations gladly accepted.

After dinner, Dave Marshall, member of Stanchfield Baptist Church, will share some of the work he has been doing with the genealogy of church pioneers up to present day families.  Marshall has been working on this project for over 13 years, trying to reconstruct the cemetery files from lost records of the two devastating church fires. This will be the first time he has shared the hundreds of graphic family trees he has compiled.  The hope is that with everyone’s help, a final book can be presented at the 150th anniversary. Bring any histories you have and prepare to see what information is needed.

Don’t forget the Festival of Praise Sunday, Aug. 7 at Freedom Park. Many churches in the area are participating. In case of rain, they will meet at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church.

Contact the church at 320-396-3391 or visit for more information.