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Business Focus Mims Baptist Church More than a church, a place to call home I t takes more than brick and mortar to make a house a home, and the same holds true for places of worship. Pastor Gene Kendrick said members of his congregation have a place to call home. Tried and true Bible-centered sermons and traditional hymns led by an orchestra and full choir await visitors and members. Gene and wife, Mavonee, have been married for 54 years and have three children, Kevin, Paul, and Leigh Anne. Kevin Kendrick, music minister and Gene’s son, has been working with his dad for 25 years. Gene had been pastor at Mims Baptist Church for two years when his son took over the music ministry in 1988. Seeing the Written by Tori Brock-Lyle Photos by Kelly Sue Photography church grow has been a reward in itself, but both said watching it grow side-by-side has been its own reward. The church’s new children and pre-school center, set to open in September, will add nearly 40,000 square feet of space to the Worship Center’s existing 55,000. State-of-the-art security is planned for the building, because it will house the children’s worship area. A banquet room is also planned for the space. Kevin said providing a secure place for the congregation’s children has been a priority for some time, as the prior building was set apart from the main Worship Center. Children will now be able to attend church in the same building as their parents. 40  Postcards Magazine: Montgomery County Edition  |  August – September 2013