Nestling in a vale at the foot of Straight Mountain near Inland Junction, Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church celebrated a major milestone last week with an informal prayer meeting and singing. On Tuesday June 27, workers installed the steeple on the newly framed and wrapped building that replaces the 111-year-old historic church that burned July 26 last year, having just celebrated its anniversary a matter of days before. Arson was confirmed by the state fire marshal, but no arrests were ever made, according to senior deacon David Pate. Church members met at the old Concord Church on Deaverstown Road while they gathered themselves for the rebuilding effort. Less than a month ago, Carpenters for Christ, a church-building body from Montgomery, descended on the site of the old sanctuary – cleaned and cleared by members and volunteers – and within a matter of days had framed a new 5,800-squarefoot church, not twice the size, but substantially bigger than the former building. Pate said a new contingent of workers arrived this week to begin interior sheetrock work. He said the projected move-in date for services to resume at Valley Grove is October of this year.
‘There’s room in the new church for a lot of growth,’ Pate said. ‘All the help we’ve gotten is sure appreciated. Anyone who wants to come see the new building is certainly welcome, and if you’d like to join us, come on!’