Seeking God for Fairfield, AL


Located in Jefferson County

Mayor Kenneth Coachman

Founded in 1910 –  former President Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the dedication ceremony

Incorporated on January 1, 1919

Named for Fairfield, Connecticut, the city in which James A. Farrell, President of U.S. Steel, lived.

2010 census population 11,117

  • Originally named Corey, after U.S. Steel Corporation executive William E. Corey.  In 1913, after much publicized reports of Corey’s infidelities, U. S. Steel changed the name of the city to Fairfield.

  • It was organized and built by Birmingham developer Robert Jemison Jr.

  • Some streets were named for company executives and Alabama industrialists

  • Home of Miles college

Westfield, Alabama, a predominantly African American community was located near Fairfield. It was absorbed by Fairfield, and in 1963 the community was torn down to allow for the expansion of the U.S. Steel plant.  Willie Mays and U.W. Clemon, grew up in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School. Sonja Stewart Tonpea, who also grew up in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School, has produced a documentary film about this community, “Westfield: Struggles to Success”. It will first be shown in Atlanta on Aug. 9, 2013.  This is a link to the trailer for the film, which provides information about the rich heritage of this small community.

  • Notable people from Fairfield

    • Willie Mays, baseball player elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    • U.W. Clemon, former federal judge

    • George Lindsey, Actor (“The Andy Griffith Show”)

    • Cleveland Eaton, jazz musician

    • Major General Oliver W. Dillard, the Army’s fifth Black general officer.  Elected into the Army’s Military Intelligence Hall of Fame

  • Ministry based in Fairfield – Our researcher, Ginny, served on the board years ago and it’s a ministry dear to her heart.

Jeremiah 29:7,11 – “‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare……For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'”

Father, we thank You for the city of Fairfield. Even though men had a definite agenda for profit when they founded the city, You allowed them to succeed because of the plans You had for Fairfield. We thank You that Your plans are for the good of this city, and not for calamity. We ask that You would accomplish Your perfect plan for Fairfield.

We pray for Mayor Coachman, and ask that he would see Your goodness and grace all around Him. May it cause him to seek You for the blessing that only You can bring to a city. Let him be a man who places himself under your godly authority, so that he can lead with godly wisdom.

We thank you for some of the mighty intercessors that live in Fairfield, who have faithfully sought the welfare of their city. We at Mission Birmingham and City on its Knees have the privilege of knowing some of them. We pray that You would continue to give them Your prayers to pray, and that they would not grow weary of pressing in and standing in the gap for their communities, churches and ministries. Bring increase, and multiply the fruit of the seeds they have planted over the years 100-fold. Let them see with their own eyes Your good plans for their communities and ministries.

We pray all of this in the name of The God Who Provides, for Your honor and glory.

What is the Lord laying on your heart to pray for Fairfield?


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