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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Grove church celebrating 100 years

Not too many things in Coconut Grove are sacred enough these days to protect from the developers' wrecking ball, but St. James Baptist Church has been a religious fixture in Coconut Grove since 1916 when it was formed by a group of Bahamian settlers led by founding pastor, Rev. Richard Higgs. This January, the church is 100 years old.

"The swift passage of time has brought about many changes at St. James, i.e., pastorate succession (Reverends Demeritte, Brown, Green, Sawyer, Knowles, Shipp, Harrison, Watson, McClendon and Jackson); acquisition of adjacent property for parking spaces; construction of new buildings (educational wing and fellowship hall); increase in membership; purchase of church bus; improvements to the church's interior and exterior, and, sadly, the passing of many faithful members  But nothing has remained more constant than the members' unwavering faith and dedication," says Clarice Cooper, of the HOATA neighborhood report committee.


St. James Baptist Church, located at 3500 Charles Avenue, is currently pastored by Rev. Kenton L. Williams, who has served the congregation since 2000. The church has been celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a month-long schedule of services.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

F.Y.I.,

What is now designated SW 37 Court, was originally called 'Higgs St.', in honor of the Rev.

It is in the Realty Securities section of Coconut Grove.

Perhaps a re-dedication is in order.

JRL

January 14, 2016 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it officially registered Historic so it may remain or can a developer still offer them big bucks, rezone it and build more unnecessary condos?

January 14, 2016 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so proud to honor our past, and excited to look forward to our future at St. James this month! Thank you much to the Grapevine for the profile. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us for the remainder of services. We'd love to have you fellowship with us!

January 17, 2016 9:25 AM  

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