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Daughter steps into beloved pastor’s shoes

‘Unique spirit’ sought to revive Hamilton Hill church

Arnetta Dix-Howard, center, daughter of longtime community activist Georgetta Dix, during her ordination service at Refreshing Springs Community Church in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Arnetta Dix-Howard, center, daughter of longtime community activist Georgetta Dix, during her ordination service at Refreshing Springs Community Church in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
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Parishioners spent nearly a decade searching for the right pastor for the Refreshing Spring Church of God, but the void left by the death of Georgetta Dix was not easily filled. They tried a series of three pastors after the 2004 death of the beloved community activist and church founder, but none of them seemed to connect with the Hamilton Hill congregation. There always seemed to be something missing, explained Molain Gilmore, the chairwoman of ...


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