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103-Year-Old Woman Banned From Church She's Gone to for 92 Years by Thin-Skinned Pastor

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Genora Hamm Biggs, 103, has been going to Union Grove Baptist Church for 92 years, and she isn't about to stop now. (Twitter)

By    |   Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 10:28 AM

After complaining about his preaching, a 103-year-old Georgia woman who has gone to the same church for 92 years has been banned by its thin-skinned  pastor. Throw in childish, too.

Genora Hamm Biggs, who has been a member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton since she was 11, was told in a letter from Rev. Tim Mattox not to return to the church for services, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Biggs had complained that Mattox's style was that of a "holiness preacher" with a different doctrine than that of a traditional Baptist minister.

"He is a holy sanctified minister or so he says," said Biggs, a retired school teacher. "We voted him in and we didn't know it until he was there. We are Baptists and that's what we want to stay."

Several other members of the church got the same rejection slip.

Mattox got 10 others at the church to sign the letter, including Deacon Glen Jackson. Mattox has declined to speak to the media, and Jackson said the church will be making no official comment before discounting the fact that Biggs has been a longtime member.

"The church decided not to comment because it's all a bunch of foolishness," commented Jackson. "(Biggs longtime membership) don't mean nothing."

After receiving the letter, Biggs defied the order and attended Union Grove the following Sunday, reported WSB-TV. Church officials called the police, but officers declined to come.

When police didn't arrive, Mattox called off the service and turned off the lights, leaving Biggs and other members who had received the letter sitting in the dark.

"I was unhappy and shocked," said Biggs about her expulsion. "I joined the church when I was 11 years old.

"One woman talking to me this morning told me to stick to my guns," Biggs added.

The Banner-Herald said that along with Biggs, her grandson Eliott Dye and Kevin Hamm, an ordained minister, were also booted from the church.

"I tried to talk with (Mattox) and he was just determined to say 'you can't come over here' period," said Kevin Hamm.

Rev. James Clickscales, who pastored the church from 1989-1996, sympathized with Biggs, telling the Banner-Herald, "To say Union Grove without mentioning Genora H. Biggs would not be correct."

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