A Celebration to Remember

Wieuca’s 60th – a day to be proud, a day to be humbled. Lay volunteers labored long and lovingly; church staff went well beyond the call of duty. The new look to the facilities reminds us that we live in new and challenging days; the pieces of our past call us to remember bold beginnings and exciting achievements. New faces promise a bright future; familiar faces bring a rush of memories. It was a good day!

Each of Wieuca’s former pastors sent their greetings:

“Dear Fellow Wieucans, soon after our arrival in 1955, I was told that the word ‘Wieuca’ meant literally ‘the End of the Trail.’ With a gentle twist of imagination, I began to welcome new members with my own version of this, saying, ‘You have just arrived.’ And those new Wieucans quickly began to reflect a glow of gladness and quiet praise, suggesting that, indeed, Wieuca was the ‘Place to Be.’ With sincere gratitude for those ministers and laity who have continued to cherish that time, I humbly celebrate God’s use of my ministry in the emergence and development of this church. I hope and pray that Wieuca will continue to be known as ‘The Place to Be.’”                                                         Dr. J.T. Ford, Pastor Emeritus

“Dear Friends, we wish to take this opportunity to congratulate you on this special day. Sixty years of ministry is significant in a culture that is as transitory as ours. Like many institutions you have had challenges and each challenge brought new understanding of your ministry here and around the world. We remember well our 26 years with you; the growth, the building programs, the mission involvement, the evangelism opportunities, the TV ministry. It was exciting watching the church develop national and worldwide influence. Our God still has a future for you. You have had your years in the wilderness and now, as did the Israelites, you stand on the banks of the Jordan with a new day and new opportunities before you. Under the strong and wise leadership of Dr. Mark Wilbanks, it can happen as the Song of Solomon says, ‘For, lo, the winter is passed’ (2:11). Mark has a LIFE WISH for the church, and so must you. Our prayer for you is that you will not miss the new opportunity and that you will CARPE DIEM. The future is as bright as the promises of God. Be assured of our prayers for you and God’s future as evidenced in Isaiah 43:18-22”                                                             Bill and Carolyn Self

“To the Members of Wieuca Road Baptist Church:

As a former pastor of your congregation, allow me to add my congratulations to those you have received from others on the occasion of your sixtieth anniversary. I certainly wish you well as you look to the future that God has in store for you. I will be praying for continued effectiveness in ministry and a clear sense of purpose as you seek God’s will. May you have the courage to follow wherever that may lead.”                             Dr. James M. King

“To the Members of Wieuca Road Baptist Church:

I join others in extending congratulations as you celebrate your 60th anniversary. As a former pastor of your congregation, I pray this milestone will allow you to honor your past and renew your sense of purpose and courage to follow God’s leading into the next chapter of your ministry together. Wishing you God’s grace and peace.                                                          Rev. Michael Tutterow

And from our director of the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association of Churches:

“Dear Members and Friends of Wieuca Road Baptist Church:

The Atlanta Metro Baptist Association of Churches congratulates you on your sixtieth anniversary. It is most appropriate that you are celebrating your Sixty Years of Loving God, Connecting People and Changing Lives. The Wieuca Road Baptist Church has been a pacesetter throughout the years. You have much to celebrate. The association thanks you for your continued involvement and ministry through the association. It is our hope and prayer that you will continue to dream and live out the new dreams as the presence of Christ in your community. May God bless you during this special occasion.”                                                                                                         Joel Harrison, Lead Missionary/Executive Director

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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