New church building after it was destroyed twice

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A church congregation in Pike County finally has a new building to worship in after losing the original 81-year-old church and the remodeled building eight weeks before it reopened.

The new building is beautiful, but it has been every bit of a challenge for the congregation at McAndrews Wesleyan Church to get to where they are now.

"I don't know how many people have said to me or someone else in our congregation, 'I don't know how you all do it. I don't know how you hold on,'" said Pastor Ralph Ferree.

Demolished by a coal truck in 2007 and then burned to the ground two years later, you could say this church has had every reason to shut its doors.

"There's been some high times and lows," said Pastor Ferree. "We would have things nearly ready in our plans and in our drawings and things would change and even after we got on this property there were quite a few challenges."

But the church congregation has stuck together and continues to feel blessed and considers what they have now a miracle.

"I just praise him for what He has given you all today," said a church member.

For the people of this church, it is not about having a new building. It is about having a place they can call home.

"This is God's house. This is just wood and dry wall and without God, it's not a church. So what makes this a church is God. We're just the people who come here to worship," said Kelly Remey, the church's vice chairman.

They are in a different community now but are still praising God like they always have.

McAndrews Wesleyan Church's new location is off Highway 199 in the Stone community of Pike County.

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