Two churches celebrating Easter as merger

Two Columbus churches, one predominantly white and one predominantly black, will celebrate Easter this year as one congregation, permanently.

The Bridge is the new name for the merged congregation. It blends New Life Church International, led by the Rev. Vince Allen, and Bethany Christian Center, led by the Rev. Chris Mitchell, a former pastor of Solid Rock Assembly of God.

The Bridge will meet on the Bethany property, 4311 Second Ave.

Services this Sunday are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and after this week will be at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays (Bible study).

Allen described the merger as "spiritually strategic with the potential to make a powerful impact on the lives of people in Columbus and the surrounding area."

For more information, call 706-565-9969.