Singer Michael W. Smith was among former New Generation youth choir members who returned to First Baptist Church of Kenova in Kenova, West Virginia, to mark the group’s 60th anniversary and pay tribute to its part in his musical journey. “I’ve done so many interviews over the years, and they’ll say, ‘Now, where are you from, again?’ and I say, ‘I’m from Kenova, West Virginia.’ And I tell them about this little church—which is turning into a big church—that I grew up in,” Smith said.

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