A new 30×70 brick church building was dedicacted during a special service held Dec. 15, 1973, for members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Gallatin. Guest speaker was A.V. McClure, president of the Missouri Conference.
The new church has a seating capacity of 100 and is located along Highway 13 in south Gallatin. This is the first church for the Gallatin congregation. Members had been meeting in homes and other buildings.
A modernistic steeple graces the church’s exterior; the handsome interior features deep red carpeting, stained glass windows, and red upholstered pews. The sanctuary is equipped with a virtually new electronic organ, a piano and a speaker system. The building has an entrance vestibule, space for classrooms on the east end, and restrooms.
There was no outstanding debt on the building or equipment when the church officially opened. Less than a dozen families made up the church family at the time of this opening.
Other church dignitaries attending dedication ceremonies were D.E. Latham, the conference secretary-treasurer; G.S. Cherry, lay activities chairman; and the district pastor, H.W. Spiva.
At the time of this dedication, The Seventh Day Adventist Church was present in 98 percent of all the countries in the world. The church maintains an extensive mission progam, both in the United States and worldwide. A recent study revealed that Seventh Day Adventists ranked highest in per capita giving and tithing of any denomination in the country.