Watch: At 103, Georgia Woman Banned from Lifelong Church (Wait ’til you hear why!)

Genora Hamm-Biggs, 103, has been attending Union Baptist Church since she was a child
Genora Hamm-Biggs, 103, has been attending Union Grove Baptist Church since she was a child

*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.

Hamm-Biggs doesn't miss a day reading her Bible.
Hamm-Biggs doesn’t miss a day reading her Bible.


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5 thoughts on “Watch: At 103, Georgia Woman Banned from Lifelong Church (Wait ’til you hear why!)”

  1. That pastor and others of lifelong church are wrong for that, they done sowed several unkind seeds of judging, unforgiveness, unfriendlieness, unloving, uncaring that is No way to treat anyone, what you all sowed will come back upon ya’ll. It sounds like a man-made up rule not God’s rules what happen to Agape Love?

  2. God is in control at all times, He sitting high on His throne but looking low. Trials and suffering often drive people to the Father.And those of us who are already His followers, God uses harsh circumstances to mature our faith and conform us to His image of His Son. To be made perfect and pleasing to our Father is indeed beneficial.suffering and evil are inevitable parts of a fallen world.But we have assurance that God is in control of the universe,including the tiny corner we occupy. When He permits bad things to happen, we can be sure that He will continue to provide comfort and guidance as He shapes us into the people He wants us to be. 1Corth 13:12. When responding to conflict turn to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to provide Spiritual Discernment. And confronting those goliaths in your life you do not need a theology degree to combat those who mock God. Your “smooth stones” are the truths you pulled from the Bible. No enemy can win an argument against Scripture. Whatever the outcome seems to be the battle is the Lord’s,and He gives victory to the faithful. 1st Sam 17:1-33
    Keep your head up and let your light shine accepting criticism thanking that person(s) for their interest in your growth, and explain that you’ll reflect on their observation. Prov.10:17-18

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