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Guest reverends lead Allen Temple Baptist Church 100-year commemoration service

Allen Temple Baptist Church will celebrate 100 years in East Oakland with three worship services on Sunday delivered by guest speakers.

The Rev. Marvin McMickle, 12th president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School of Rochester, New York, will lead the 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services

The 3 p.m. service will be led by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago, Illinois.

Allen Temple, at 8501 International Blvd., was organized in 1919 by Rev. J.L. Allen at Seminary Avenue and East 14th Street using 21 borrowed chairs, the church said in a news release.

It now has more than 2,000 members who participate in person or online, as well as a central campus covering a city block that includes senior housing buildings and a family life center, the church said.

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