*Genora Hamm-Biggs, 103, had been attending services at the Union Grove Baptist Church since she was a child. She even worked there as a secretary for 40 years. So when she received a letter from the church pastor saying she was no longer welcome there, needless to say, she was shocked.
And she is not alone, her community is not taking the news lightly either.
The letter below was provided by Fox Carolina.
Dear Mrs. Genora Hamm Biggs,
This letter is to inform you that according to the by-laws of the Union Grove Baptist Church, and by vote of the active members, any membership or associations that you have had with this church are now officially revoked. Therefore, you cannot attend Union Grove Baptist Church for any reason whatsoever. You are not to come to the property of the Union Grove Baptist Church located at 680 Pulliam Street, Elberton, Georgia 30635.
The members and officers of the Union Grove Baptist Church.
“I was shocked,” Hamm-Biggs said of receiving the letter.
As it turns out, Hamm-Biggs and the Reverend Tim Mattox never did have a good relationship. The elder had been at odds with the pastor’s preaching style since he came to the church six years ago.
“At one point, he had a crew in here and they were hollering and falling out in the middle of the floor. We don’t do that in the Baptist Church,” said Hamm-Biggs.
“We didn’t realize he was holy-sanctified until later.” –Genora Hamm-Biggs
But her disagreement with his style didn’t necessarily mean she wanted out of the church she had attended all of her life. The only church she knew. So despite the letter, she returned to her church the following Sunday.
But Mattox called the police on her.
Labeling it a “civil dispute,” the police said there was nothing they could do about it.
Many members of the congregation have left the church in protest, since the letter to Hamm-Biggs.
Ezell Land, one of the members who left the church after 50 years, told Fox, “You can’t do that to somebody. She has been part of this church her whole life. She was even the church secretary for 40 years. That’s just not good pastoring to do that,” she said.
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