Galvez Baptist Church parishioners celebrated the church’s 50th anniversary Aug. 17 with music, fellowship and sermons.

The church organized on Aug. 12, 1964 with the Rev. J.F. Hartner as its pastor.

The first services were held at the home of Alyne Nickens in Galvez until a church could be built. It took church members and others seven years to construct the church, a news release from the church said.

Speaking at the anniversary celebration were Larry Brignac and Ed Jenkins.

Carol Stevens, who has served as the church’s pianist for 50 years, provided the music and Dale Kyle presented a special song for the event, the release said.

Several former church members, friends and family attended the celebration.