Randall Whitaker is pastor of Powell Baptist Church, which offers traditional and some contemporary music in its worship services. Services include prayer meetings Wednesday nights at 7.
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Powell Baptist Church
Address: 1577 Old Appling Harlem Highway, Harlem
Telephone: 556-3771 or 556-8338
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Services: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday morning worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday night prayer meeting, 7 p.m.
Pastor: Randall Whitaker
Congregation size: 150 to 160
Membership: Most who attend are from Columbia County.
Founded: January 10, 1893
Known for: "We just want to be a light in our community for Jesus Christ," the Rev. Whitaker said.
Music: The church offers traditional and contemporary music. The church uses instruments such as a piano and organ.
"We offer more traditional, although there is some contemporary music," he said, adding that the church occasionally uses stringed instruments and drums.
What would you say to someone who's thinking about giving your church a try? "We would invite them to do that because we want to be open to reach all of mankind for Christ," the Rev. Whitaker said.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today? "Truly loving the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, your soul, your mind and your body," he said.
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