Woman 103 gets church ban: 103 Year Old Woman Banned From Church

Published: September 17, 2015

Woman 103 gets church ban: 103 Year Old Woman Banned From Church, A 103-year-old Georgia woman is looking for answers after she says she was banned from the church she’s worshipped for many years.

Genora Hamm Biggs has worshipped in the same church for more than 90 years. She reads her Bible daily, but lately she says she’s had to do some extra praying to understand what has happened.

“I was shocked,” Hamm Biggs said.

She received a certified letter in the mail from church members.

The letter states:

“Dear Mrs. Genora Hamm Biggs,
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 associations that you have had with this church are now officially revoked. Therefore, you cannot attend Union Grove Baptist Church for any reason whatsoever. You are not to come to the property of the Union Grove Baptist Church located at 680 Pulliam Street, Elberton, Georgia 30635.
Sincerely
The members and officers of the Union Grove Baptist Church.”

“The letter said we’re not to come back, but we went back – police were there,” Hamm Biggs said.

Hamm Biggs says this is the only church she’s ever known. She became a member 92 years ago.

She says Union Grove Baptist Church’s pastor, Reverand Tim Mattox wants her banned because she spoke out and told him she didn’t like some of the things he was doing.

“He’s a holy, sanctified minister — we are Baptist and he has divided the church,” she said.

Elberton police officers call the incident a civil matter and haven’t made any arrest.

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