Good Friday at Rock House Holiness Church on Sand Mountain, near Section, Ala.

Following the death of their pastor, Rev. Billy Summerford, in July, the church has struggled yet remained faithful to continue their ministry. On Fri., the service was led by new pastor Rev. Kenneth Smith with assistance from Rev. Wayne Summerford and his family.

Rev. Smith delivered a message on the parable of the 10 virgins from Matthew 25 and the Holy Ghost led the congregation to share the signs of speaking in tongues and taking up serpents as several took turns at playing instruments, singing, testifying, and laying hands.

The church welcomed me warmly––even sharing an anointing of oil and laying hands on me, which I’d never experienced before. I’m grateful to them, and for the chance to photograph such a storied tradition.