Century-old Fort Worth church brings its people back

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Known as an incubator church that developed such faith leaders as the Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of the 28,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, and the Rev. O.S. Hawkins, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Sagamore Hill Baptist Church is annually remembered with the Camp Sagamore Reunion.

Graham and Hawkins joined the church as teenagers and were mentored by its legendary pastor, the late Fred Swank.

In 2007, the then-96-year-old Sagamore Hill Baptist Church sold its old building on Fort Worth’s east side to Charity Church and sold some property on Broadcast Hill to Chesapeake Energy Corp. Its 200 members then bought 76 acres on the Fort Worth-Arlington border to build a 29,000-square-foot church house.

Now Sagamore Baptist Church, at 2301 Dottie Lynn Parkway in Fort Worth, has 528 members and averages 350 in attendance each Sunday, spokeswoman Nancy Pletcher said.

Swank’s granddaughter, Cindy Swank Chapman, is leading a campaign to bring hundreds of members and former members to the Oct. 26-27 reunion at the Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center outside Aquilla, in Hill County southwest of Fort Worth.

Space is plentiful at the Latham Springs men’s and women’s dorms, and it has enough bunk beds for lots of folks to stay overnight. Space is also available in Volunteer Hall for people in wheelchairs. Folks with RVs will find about 40 hookups.

Go to http://campsagamorereunion.com/index.html to register, or email cindy@jeffsoffice.com for more information.

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