Longtime pastor Shuler to return for 200th anniversary

The Rev. Don Shuler will return to First Baptist Church of Marietta on Sunday, Sept. 9, to give the keynote address for the church’s 200th anniversary service at 10:30 a.m. Shuler retired as pastor on June 7, 1998, after serving for 25 1/2 years — longer than any other pastor in the church’s history.

Rebecca Cutlip Taylor and the Rev. Dianne Wisemiller Steelman, who were on staff with Shuler, will also take part in the service, along with the Rev. Mark Click. Click will present a certificate from the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Historical Society.

First Baptist Church will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, featuring historical displays, tours and refreshments. A free concert by the Buckeye Travelers Band at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church will wrap up the anniversary events.

“We invite area residents to join us for the open house, worship service and concert as we celebrate 200 years of worshipping the Lord and serving the community,” said Senior Pastor Chad Mugrage.