JOPLIN, MO.--- An area church is celebrating its 45th anniversary and they've had the same pastor the whole time. John Newberry is the pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Joplin. He helped opened the church back in 1969. He was first doubtful if he should open it, but he asked the Lord to provide him 40 people on the first service. And he says exactly 40 people showed up. John is 82 years old, but he says he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
"Thought about that a lot Brad, but when you look at the Bible. I've searched it many times over, and I just can't find anywhere where the Lord says you have a right to retire," said John Newberry, Bethel Baptist Church Pastor.
The church will celebrate it's 45 anniversary this Sunday.
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