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Crisp Street Church Of God In Christ Celebrates As An Era Ends After 41 Years

The year was 1969, Richard Nixon was appointed the 37th president of the United States, the Vietnam War was at it's height, most streets downtown Macon were still unpaved and Superintendent 'Emeritus' O.C. Walton was appointed Pastor of Crisp Street Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in south Macon. 41 years have now passed, there are no more dirt streets downtown Macon, the current generation probably could not tell you what the Vietnam War was about and America has celebrated it's 44th president and it’s 1st African-American president. Yet during all these changes Pastor Walton has remained the Pastor of Crisp Street COGIC.

For over 4 decades Pastor Walton has preached and taught the word of God "with power" to many people that have come through the doors of Crisp Street COGIC. Under his leadership many souls have been lead to Christ. The level of his preaching and teaching is further reflected through the number of disciples that have moved on to become Pastors, Ministers, Missionaries and other leaders at the local and state level within the Church of God in Christ and the body of Christ. During those 41 years he was elevated to the office of District Superintendent of the Macon District COGIC where he served 8 years.

Throughout the 41 years Pastor Walton has faced and overcome numerous challenges, to include health issues and recently the loss of his wife, Mother Mattie R. Walton of 61 years. Yet, he has ran the race and stayed the course with preaching the uncompromising Gospel. While Pastor Walton at the age of 86 has elected to retire from Pastoring Crisp Street COGIC his desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed. This can clearly be revealed when he shares his favorite scripture, "Psalm 71:18, Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come." He eagerly shares the word of God to all he meets and summons them to come and go to heaven with him.

Crisp Street COGIC praises Pastor Walton for his many accomplishments and steadfast labor for 41 years. The public is invited to help celebrate the legacy of Pastor O.C. Walton on October 8th and 9th at the Southern Georgia Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction COGIC headquarters at 2938 Grey Highway.

October 8th at 7:30 pm there will be a one night revival October 9th at 5:00 pm there will be a Formal Banquet; Honorable Bishop J. Wayne Leggette, Prelate of Southern Georgia Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction COGIC will be presiding.

For tickets to this memorable event, please contact Elder Charles Blackmon, 478-396-3468 or Crisp Street COGIC, 478-781-9811.

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