For the two churches - one predominantly black and one predominantly white - the services are a combination of love and bridge-building, said Ralph Langley, former pastor of First Baptist.Years ago during his hospital visitation, Langley befriended a member of First Missionary Baptist diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Through the friendship of the two, the churches became closer.And when his friend finally succumbed to cancer, Langley performed his funeral alongside Julius Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary Baptist.
Afterward, since Scruggs had shared his pulpit with Langley
offered the same to him.
And according to Langley
, the rest is history.
"The seeds of cooperation and fellowship that were planted many years ago by Julius Scruggs and Ralph Langley
have provided a special opportunity for our two churches today."