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At Elm Street Baptist Church, instead of focusing on contemporary social issues, the message remains based on the teachings of the Bible.
“A church has to stay true to its foundation,” Brother Charles Allen said. Allen said this message has allowed the church to stay strong and focus on its teachings. After years of work in the church, Allen said he has seen the church become more of a spiritual family for everyone, even those without a biological family. “That’s what draws many people to a good, family-oriented church,” he said.