90-year-old Dot Craigo baptized

Posted 8/22/18

90-year-old baptized

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90-year-old Dot Craigo baptized


On Wednesday, August 15, Dot Craigo, a 90-year-old lifelong resident of Cleveland, was baptized by the Prospect United Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 
She was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Phil Sumrall, pastor of the church.
"Her baptism is unique in several ways," the pastor said. "She has been active in the church for over 70 years, and is a much-loved and loyal member of the fellowship, but had been obviously assumed to have received covenant baptism as a baby or child, or believer's baptism as an adult. When she made her profession of faith in her 20s, however, she had not. 

“She told me God had been speaking to her in a repeated dream, to be baptized, and she wanted to do it as quickly as possible. She requested immersion,” Sumrall said.

“While Prospect United normally practices effusion or pouring on, infants through adults, we minister to everyone according to their individual needs and requests,” he said.

“She was immersed in a session elder's pool after a unanimous permission was granted by the session elders,” he said.
When Sumrall asked her is if it was OK to tell her story in the Banner, she replied, “Pastor, you can tell anyone if it will help them do what I have done."

The church, formed in October 1849, was once called New Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian, but changed its name when it merged with Northside Presbyterian around five years ago.


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