Coolidge Memorial Baptist Church Moving Entire Building After 111 Years

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Thomasville, GA -- April 13, 2012 --

"We had a lot of people say you can build one cheap as you can move one, well that's not true," said Coolidge Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Mike Keown a day before his church is set to be relocated.

The 111 year-old church will be moved, in one piece, to a new site across the street.

"This is definitely a big move, this is two story on the backside, brick, and it's going to be exciting to watch them pull out with this thing in the morning," said Keown.

The church was established at the corner of Pine Street and U.S. HWY 319 in 1901. Why move? The answer is simple: they want more space.

"One of the things that has happened in the 100 years of the church is that it's experienced growth at different times but it's never had any time to expand, it's landlocked."

In a surprise to no one, it takes a lot of hard work to move a several hundred ton pound church.

"It's a very labor intensive process, that's for sure...they had to dig down and set footing so that they can jack the church up," said Keown.

The church parishioners are hoping for another hundred years, or more, at their new 4 acre space across the street.

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  • by Ha on May 4, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    Mike wanted the church moved. He gets what he wants but elected.
  • by jessica Location: thomasville on Apr 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    I think Deacon Jones should say who he is, he is quick to point fingers but hides behind a made up name.
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      by We Know on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:50 PM in reply to jessica
      We all know who he is, a life long politician
  • by confused on Apr 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    I'm not from around Coolidge I just happened upon this story, but comments from the supporters and the opposers don't sound very Christian-like to me. I'm by no means an expert on the bible but I think that God does not approve of all of these public posts that are shown here.
  • by Bystander Location: Thomas County on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Once Christians have voiced their opinions, they need to "agree to disagree" and leave the rest to God. Christians need to pray for each other, not tear each other down. I pray for forgiveness on both sides.
  • by Ga girl on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    My mom's family all grew up in Coolidge and they all married and left Coolidge. Mt gradfather was at one time the Chief of Police. I have pictures of my mom and dad coming out of the church after they were married. I will miss seeing the church on my trips north on 319 as I go by. But I do understand the move for more space. Will just have to make a little detour. BEST OF LUCK!!!!!
  • by disappointed on Apr 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    For one thing I am very disappointed in Coolidge Baptist. I grew up in that church and have also gone there as an adult. I have always had respect for Mr. Mike Keowen until now. I do not understand why you would move a church so you can expand when you can't even fill it where you are at. Also, the comments on here from the members are embarrassing. You are the ones that give Christians a bad name. I also agree with the comment from Not Marjorie...she has not posted any comments. So, it is very christian of you to assume and call people out on the internet. This behavior lets me know that I will never step foot in Coolidge Baptist Church again. Once again...I'm very disappointed!
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      by Agree on Apr 17, 2012 at 09:20 PM in reply to disappointed
      Well said and written. I too, am sadden by Mike and Kathy Keowns actions. I held them in high regards and respect. I know the real reason there was opposition and it was not money related, it was prayer related and not having a membership vote. There was such a rush, without information. The members of the church are acting as their leaders, defaming others. Beleive it or not CMBC there are others, not just members that have shown displeasure. You say you are wanting to unite the community and you can't even communicate with your congregation and have unity within the body. Pastor Keown I would like for you to read the Bible and follow what the Bible said a shepard should do with his flock and the actions you should have taken and should take. You made a spectical of this, you called the TV stations and Newspapers. You yourself have stated in public places you wanted to do this thing on a Saturday so people would come. It is time for you and Kathy as leaders in the Church and the community to humble themselves and apoligize for your actions. I am sure Marjorie can't or does not use the internet. How much more will the community be torn apart?
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      by Deacon Jones on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to disappointed
      You're calling out people on the internet as well. I suppose that means you're no better than the Christians you're critical of. Let those among you who are without sin cast the first stone. Or aren't you familiar with that particular verse in Scripture? The whole community of Coolidge is in dire need of a Spiritual cleaning. Sunday booze sales being approved in Coolidge...when they were not approved anywhere else or in any other town in Thomas County....should be enough of an indicator to show the whole town that much.
  • by Not Marjorie Location: Not From Coolidge on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    Drama is for soaps, not church. I'm not Marj, but a good friend and all I have to say is that if you knew her as well as you thought you did you would know she didn't put this on here because she don't even know how to get on the internet. Do you actually think your church is going to grow? Who would want to go there with all of you badmouthing somebody on the internet. Good Christian soldiers-march on!
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      by Decon Jones on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to Not Marjorie
      Our church is growing now. Even more so, now that the negative influences have decided to go elsewhere. The decision to move was done and voted on within the by-laws of the church and the Southern Baptists. It was voted on duing a regular quarterly business meeting, and believe it or not, most of the ones opposed to it also knew that the vote was on the agenda for the meeting. Some came, some chose not to come, and the opposition only made itself known AFTER the vote was ratified. If it was all that important to them, they would have made their concerns known then...not weeks later, and not in such an underhanded and back-stabbing manner. As far sa those opposed to it in the community, I've had many more well-wishers than negative opinions from the citizens of Coolidge. Most of the negative views come from folks who haven't even set foot in our church in years, but feel obligated to complain because they 'grew up in this church', or were Baptized here, or married in this church. Now that other negative influences have chosen to go to church elsewhere, the 'drama' refered to by other posters is pretty much gone. Funny how that happens, huh?
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        by Sadden on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM in reply to Decon Jones
        "Deacon Jones" read your by laws. Voting was not done according to the by laws. The members did not know there was going to be a vote on moving the church building. You are giving the community a bad name. We now hear that you are trying to sell the donated property that is to be returned to those who donated it to Tommy Patel. Will he put a liquor store where the church use to be?
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      by Deacon Jones on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Not Marjorie
      I know her pretty well. Well enough to know that she loves to cause drama with gossip, innuendo, back-biting, and out-right falsehoods....and then sit back and watch with amusement at the damage she has caused. Yes....even to those who are supposedly her 'friends', and to members of her own family. I would watch my back if I were you, lest you be the next 'friend' she decides to do the same to. Everybody in this town knows what she's about.
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        by Deacon? on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to Deacon Jones
        You are a deacon? This badmouthing and hateful attitude does not sound like any deacon I would want in my church. Unless whoever it is you are talking about comes on here and you know it is her do not call people out. You are being so hateful. I will pray for you and your heart because apparently they are not in the right place!
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        by You Call Yourself Deacon? on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to Deacon Jones
        I think I know who you are-and let me just say that you need to look in your own backyard before you start calling people out in public(which by the way you are very good at). To be the devout Deacon Jones-you sure don't have a problem slandering people in public. I don't appreciate the negative image that you are sending out about Marjorie-I know her personally and have known her for a long time. She is not the person that you make her out to be-anyone who truly knows this will agree. She is a person who speaks out for things that she believes in and by the way-it was not about money. It was about doing things the right way and having enough respect for people to handle things in a professional manner. She could care less about the money-she truly enjoyed attending church there and had made it her home. Please don't make it sound like she was the only one in the church "bad mouthing" and making "outright falsehoods". Seems to me you need to get your facts straight and know all sides before you open your mouth to the world. Sounds to me like prayers need to head your way too.
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        by Guess Who? on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM in reply to Deacon Jones
        Let me just start off by saying that this article was originally written about a church-not a person. Then the devout members and so called "Christians" of CBC have turned it into a witch hunt. Has anyone else noticed that? My mama always told me that God don't like ugly!!!! Those of you who are so quick to put Marjorie down need to come out from behind those words and let people know who you are-unless you are ashamed of yourself(which by the way you should be). Just remember that we are all held accountable in heaven, and believe you me whoever you are Deacon Jones you will have some explaining to do. I know Marjorie very well and I can promise you she is not sitting back in amusement. Sounds to me like the devil is in your heart and you need some prayer warriors to drive him out!!!
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        by Concerned Patron on Apr 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to Deacon Jones
        In response to the slander that you felt led to post, you are not doing much to convince people to attend Coolidge Baptist Church if this is the type of "Christian Character" that Coolidge Baptist Church is trying to convey to the community. Even though you are voicing your opinion, which is very slanderous and incorrect, it is still a reflection of Coolidge Baptist Church. I myself have known Marjorie for close to 60 years. The number of people that she has supported in the community and helped in their time of need far out number the possible friends that you might have. And the reference you made to her family, had it not been for her many of them would have lost their homes and their children would have gone hungry. But, you already know this if you indeed know her as well as you have stated.You are an embarrassment to Coolidge Baptist Church. And, since you are not a deacon at the church what hidden agenda do you have? Slandering others, some sick satisfaction that you obviously need,to me goes against any Christian Character that most of the patrons of Coolidge Baptist Church would like exhibited on their behalf. I have also known the members of the church for about 60 years and I know that they do not condone this type of behavior. I hope you have a chance to repent before you meet your Maker. You have alot to account for. I am glad I am not in your shoes.
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          by Sadden on Apr 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to Concerned Patron
          This was will written. We need prayer and unity. We all know who Deacon Jones is, don't we? He is suppose to be the leader, he is a divider and he is self centered and worried about himself. He likes the spotlight. We has run this woman in the ground. Concerned Patron, well said!
  • by Deacon Jones Location: Thomasville on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    Pure comedy gold from some of the folks on this forum. It's almost as good as what you read in the Rant n Rave section of the Times-Enterprise from the local crackpots. Basically, if you're interested in business at CBC, you are more than welcome to come on down and join us. Yes, even the former disgruntled members who are unhappy with the money we spent.....and that's what the issue here is, money....are also more than welcome to come on back and worship with us and see for yourselves how God is working within our church.
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      by ? on Apr 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM in reply to Deacon Jones
      Who is Deacon Jones, Mike Keown?
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        by Deacon Jones on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM in reply to ?
        Nice guess, but wrong answer.
  • by Rick on Apr 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
    God calls his people to step out of their comfort zones and to take steps of faith so that his word can be spread and his church can be grown. Most people are very comfortable showing up to church at 11:00 every other Sunday, sitting in the back row, and snoozing through the service. It makes them feel like good people. These church members probably never reach anyone for Christ and do nothing to spread his word. They are comfortable with the status quo and are the ones who cause problems when the church wants to grow. Thankfully the majority of coolidge baptist church members don't think like this.
  • by Is God In It Location: Thomas County on Apr 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    If God is it in you don't have notify every tv station and take the front page of the paper. God will let all know when it is his will. It is the Politician with connections.
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      by Rick on Apr 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM in reply to Is God In It
      You notify every tv station and newspaper because you want to share the excitement within the church and hopefully draw more people in who are curious about how god is working through the church. It has absolutely nothing to do with politics or connections and everything to do with growing God's church.
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