100 years … and counting

Coppin Chapel celebrates anniversary with special service

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Amarion Allen, 7, of Waterloo, busts a move prior to Coppin Chapel A.M.E.100 year anniversary service at the church Sunday afternoon.
-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson The Rev. Pamela Thompkins, of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, sings along during the worship service celebrating 100 years at the Coppin Chapel A.M.E. Church Sunday afternoon. Sherry Washington, of Fort Dodge, claps along behind Thompkins. More than 50 people attended the program.
-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

The Rev. James McClung, of Waterloo, addresses the congregation during a 100-year anniversary service at Coppin Chapel A.M.E. Sunday afternoon. The Coppin Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1919 by a handful of Methodists from Missouri who moved to Fort Dodge, according to a church history book. The church set out to build a place of worship at 207 Central Ave. The building was never completed, but provided shelter for church services. The congregation held worship services for the first time at the old YMCA and later the Highland Elks Youth Center before moving to the current location at 329 First Ave. S.