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Glen Alpine United Methodist Church celebrates 90 years

STAFF • Sep 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Glen Alpine United Methodist Church will celebrate 90 years of ministry Sunday.

Members, former members, family and friends are invited to join the celebration beginning at 10:45 a.m. at the church, located at 3200 Glen Alpine Road.

A covered dish meal will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

Glen Alpine was formed on Sept. 30, 1929 and served its church community through the Depression and through World War 2, and the wars in Korea, Viet Nam and the Middle East.

“Through all of this, we have prayed, fed the hungry, gave clothes to those in need and visited the sick and those in prison,” church officials said in a news release. “In these nine decades, we have witnessed troubles and tragedies. But also, in these 90 years, we have seen grace upon grace.”

Rev. Rusty Taylor, a former member of Glen Alpine, will be the guest speaker for the celebration.

Taylor is the first member of Glen Alpine UMC to become a minister. He was born in Kingsport and grew up in Sullivan Gardens.

Taylor was baptized and joined Glen Alpine in 1961. He graduated from Sullivan West High School in 1968 and Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1972.

He received his first appointment in September 1972 in the Rising Fawn Circuit in Dade County, Georgia. In 1973, Taylor married Mary Virginia “Dindy” Kilgore, also a theology student at the time. In June 1974, Taylor became an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and he received the master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1975. He became an ordained elder in 1976 and was appointed as an associate minister at the Fountain City UMC in Knoxville. Taylor has also served as pastor at Marvin-Fairview, Addilyn Memorial, Wesley Memorial, Knoxville Second and Cleveland First. He served in the South Carolina Conference from 2005 to 2013 where his wife served as bishop. In 2013, the couple returned to the Holston Conference, where Dindy serves as bishop and Ray serves as director of congregational development and revitalization.

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