103-year-old woman banned from church in Georgia “Watch”

Updated: September 18, 2015
103-year-old woman banned from church in Georgia - Watch

A 103-year-old woman says she was banned from church after she confronted the pastor.

Genora Ham Biggs and reverend Tim Mattox of Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton, Georgia, have reportedly been going back and forth over his preaching, which Biggs calls a “holiness style” that has been adopted at the church since he was hired about six years ago.

Biggs doesn’t think that sort of preaching doesn’t belong in a Baptist church.

“At one point he had a crew in here and they were hollering and falling out in the middle of the floor. We don’t do that in the Baptist Church,” Biggs, who has been going to the church since she was 11 years old, told Fox 5 Atlanta.

The argument culiminated in August when Mattox sent Biggs a letter saying that she would no longer be welcome in church or on church property “for any reason what so ever”.

“This letter is to inform you that according to the By-Laws of the Union Grove Baptist Church, and by vote of the active members, any membership or assocations that you have had with this church are now officials [sic] revoked,” said the letter.

When Biggs attempted to attend service last Sunday (Sept 13), the police were called on her.

Officers said, however, there was nothing they could do about the civil dispute.

A former church member, Ezell Land, told Fox 5 Atlanta that he left the church himself after 50 years over the issue. Land said that around 20 members have left the congregation because of the pastor’s preaching style.

“You can’t do that to somebody. She has been part of this church her whole life. She was even the church secretary for 40 years,” Land said. “That’s just no-good pastoring to do that.”

Biggs is hoping to find a lawyer to help her return to services without any further problems.

When asked if she has any intention of going back Sunday after Sunday, the elderly woman affirmed: “Of course.”