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Wells UMC celebrates 90 years on Sunday

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson church, rich in history, will celebrate 90 years this Sunday.

 Wells United Methodist Church, on Bailey Avenue, launched in 1926, across the street from its current location, in the old Galloway school building.

Pastor Keith Tonkel says the church decided to stay in the community, through all the ups and downs.

Tonkel says Operation Shoestring, a Jackson-based non-profit for children on Bailey Avenue, was launched the day he came to Wells back in 1968. 

"I met with that group that very same afternoon, still dressed in my moving clothes and all," Tonkel said. "And the next Sunday, we got together and voted to bring Shoestring into our lives, which was important because it meant we were going to be a more inclusive church from that time on."
Pastor Tonkel's 48th anniversary at Wells United Methodist Church coincides with the church's 90-year celebration on Sunday. 

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