Oakman Church of God turning 40 today
by Jennifer Cohron
Sep 09, 2012 | 2538 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pastor Kenneth Wiggins and his wife, Carol, have been at Oakman Church of God for 40 years. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Pastor Kenneth Wiggins and his wife, Carol, have been at Oakman Church of God for 40 years. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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Members of the Oakman Church of God are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a congregation today. During that time, they have had one pastor — Kenneth Wiggins.

Wiggins came from a family of 14 siblings, three of whom became ministers.

He preached his first sermon at the Oakman Freewill Baptist Church when he was 19 years old.

In July 1972, Wiggins set up a tent next to the high school gymnasium and began holding revival services.

“I just came in here to see what I could do and how the people would respond,” Wiggins said.

After two weeks in the tent, Wiggins secured an empty store front down the block for a new church, which was officially organized in September 1972. Twenty-eight people gathered there for the first Sunday service.

Within the next two years, the church grew to more than 200 people and relocated to its current location in September 1974.

The current sanctuary was built in 1983. Nearly 400 people attended the dedication ceremony.

In 1985, Wiggins conducted a walk to Montgomery to advocate for returning prayer to public schools.

He used the $11,000 he received from supporters of the walk to build a parsonage for the church.

In 1998, the church added a Family Life Center.

Three other churches have been established from the Oakman Church of God. To date, it is the only Church of God organized in Oakman.

Kenneth and his wife, Carol, said they wish to thank their family, friends and church members for 40 years of success.