An Angier church’s pastor and congregation are working to rebuild more than two months after the roof collapsed at Black River Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
“It’s painful to see this whole place down,” Pastor Joseph Jones said.
Jones has served as pastor at the church for two and a half years.
“Right where the pulpit was … I mean, it was just destroyed,” Jones said.
It happened May 2 around 12:30 p.m. The roof collapsed. The sanctuary and adjoining building were condemned.
“If we had been in this church, I believe lives would have been lost,” Jones said.
The church was nearly a hundred years old. The Fire Department never determined what caused it.
“I’m so grateful to all those that have reached out and shown love to us. It was a depressing and challenging moment,” Jones said.
Jones continued to preach every other Sunday. Instead of in Angier, his congregation makes the trip to Lillington. The Pleasant Union Christian Church offered up their space.
“We can rebuild from this point on,” Jones said.
They’re now working with the town to get the proper permits; hoping to get back into the portion of the building still standing.
“There’s a legacy here. People knew this building. People knew this place,” Jones said.
He said the insurance money won’t cover the full cost of rebuilding. They still need tens of thousands of dollars.
But, with his faith as strong as ever, Jones believes his prayers will be answered.
Anyone that wants to help can do so by visiting the church’s GoFundMe.