Former President Jimmy Carter, wife Rosalynn and members of their family attend the Sunday morning service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on December 30, 2018. (Photo: Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Former President Carter attends Ebenezer Baptist Church service

UPDATE 12:45 P.M. SUNDAY: Former President Jimmy Carter was praised as “a living example of the Gospel” during the morning worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Thirty-nine Carter family members — including the 94-year-old former president and his wife, Rosalynn — joined the congregation at the historic Atlanta church for the last Sunday service of the year. 

“I’m glad to be back in Ebenezer,” he said to a nearly packed house, lamenting that his most recent visits to the storied church were for funerals. “I feel at home here.”

Return this afternoon for more details from Carter’s visit to Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to worship at a famed Atlanta church this morning.

Officials said 39 Carter family members, including the former president, will attend church in Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Horizon Sanctuary at 10 a.m. today. Carter served as the United States’ 39th president.

The church is located at 101 Jackson Street NE.

“President Jimmy Carter’s living example of servant leadership and walking integrity inspires all of us to be better and do better,” said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Carter selected the church to worship with his family on the last Sunday of the year. He is a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, where he still teaches Sunday school to crowds that can top 500.

RELATED: Ebenezer Baptist Church is among civil rights landmarks on Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue

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