(RNS) — For the past seven months, Long Hollow Baptist Church has been a place of miracles and wonder.
Like many congregations, Long Hollow had experienced a downturn due to COVID-19. In December 2020, it had the lowest attendance since Robby Gallaty arrived as pastor in 2015.
Since then, in what church leaders call a revival, the Southern Baptist congregation has baptized 1,361 people, seen crumbling marriages restored and lives that were falling apart turned around.
The church staff has seen some of the “highest highs” of ministry during that time, said Gallaty.
They’ve also been racked by grief over the death of beloved staff pastor Chris Swain, who died Thursday at age 47.
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Source: Christian Headlines, Bob Smietana