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First Baptist in Elgin marks 175th anniversary

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Becky Towner of Elgin is the chairwoman of 175th anniversary committee of First Baptist Church in Elgin. Here she is pictured with Senior Pastor Greg Huguley, who's been at the church for five years.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A photo collage with all of the pastors of the First Baptist Church in Elgin hangs on the wall in one of the church's meeting rooms.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

An original Bible with the signatures of the 13 founding members of the First Baptist Church in Elgin. The church was founded July 14, 1838, when 13 men and women got together in Hezekiah Gifford's log cabin. The Giffords were pioneer settlers of Elgin.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

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This year marks the 175th anniversary of First Baptist Church in Elgin, which claims the title of the second-oldest church in the city. The church, located on 8.5 acres at 1735 W. Highland Ave., plans to mark the occasion with a big picnic on July 14, the exact date of its founding 175 years ago.
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    • Becky Towner of Elgin is the chairwoman of 175th anniversary committee of First Baptist Church in Elgin. Here she is pictured with Senior Pastor Greg Huguley, who’s been at the church for five years.
    • A photo collage with all of the pastors of the First Baptist Church in Elgin hangs on the wall in one of the church’s meeting rooms.
    • An original Bible with the signatures of the 13 founding members of the First Baptist Church in Elgin. The church was founded July 14, 1838, when 13 men and women got together in Hezekiah Gifford’s log cabin. The Giffords were pioneer settlers of Elgin.
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