Ringgold Church Reopens

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Updated: 11/30/2012 7:19 pm

The afternoon before their grand opening, a bright blue sky provided the backdrop for the pristine white steeple at the new Mount Peria Baptist Church.

But remnants of the April 2011 tornadoes that destroyed the congregation's old building are still within view.

A reminder - says Phillip Maddox - of the devastation that struck the area.

"Life is not promised to us. We got a second chance and we've got to make the most of it," Maddox says.

And although some members lost their homes to the storms, no lives were lost within the congregation.

Maddox, Chairman of the Church's Council, says despite the destruction, the congregation continued to grown, in strength and numbers, as they met in the American Legion building the past nineteen months.

"Our pastor, through our leadership kept us together. We didn't just stay together, we brought in new members," Maddox says.

With a sanctuary that can seat 300 people, classrooms, and a nursery, the new church is at least three times larger than the old building.

Deacon Paul Croft says the congregation is grateful for being brought safely through the storm.

"We've seen the power of God. We've seen what he can do and what he will do. So he's taken away the small thing that we had in order to give us the big project that we have now," Croft says.

And as they put the final touches on the new building and prepare for their first service, Maddox described the congregation as overwhelmed.

"It's a new beginning. We have built up new relationships from people within the community, and even had an opportunity to fellowship with new people, we met new people. We're not keeping the gospel to ourselves," Maddox says.


In Ringgold, Brittany Shaw, WDEF News 12.

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