North Beaver Baptist Church’s Rick Miller sees the congregation he pastors as looking to the future.
On July 29, Miller was awakened by a phone call notifying him that the church building was burning. With evidence of a door being kicked in and fires set in five places, Miller said members are focused on serving God in the coming months.
“We’ve got a big God, and we’re excited to see what He can do,” Miller said.
A fire July 29 left North Beaver Baptist Church members scrambling for a place to meet. Christian neighbors have shared space with them while they figure out the next step.
The West Jefferson congregation lost its sanctuary and education building, which included classrooms, offices, library, nursery and a fellowship hall.
The thieves also stole money from the fund where children give money to help a variety of ministries.
The church, which averages 75 on Sundays, met in a funeral home with little interruption to its schedule and has begun gathering at nearby Bald Mountain Baptist Church. A ladies exercise class has also been moved, and Wednesday night services have been held at a local fire department.
Three families in the church had firefighters who fought the blaze. So far, the only event that has been postponed is Thunder Sunday, a special service with motorcyclists.
The local police department said there is a suspect but no other information has been released in the investigation.
Contributions can be sent to Rebuild North Beaver, c/o Jessica Yearick, 278 Country Mtn. Lane, West Jefferson, NC 28694. Call Miller at (336) 649-0395.
Visit northbeaver.org or the church’s Facebook page.