Though the former building was under-insured and the church is still awaiting some funds from the insurance company, thanks to support from other churches and people in the community, they are debt-free getting into their new building, according to Wiley, who, midway through the service, announced a recent $25,000 donation that has helped get the church through a financial tight spot.
Though it is smaller than the former two-story, metal building, the new one-story church building is made of stone and brick and has a traditional, aesthetically-pleasing appearance.
“The building that we have is really just so much more beautiful than the one that we lost,” Wiley said.
The new 8,400-square-foot building houses a nearly 200-seat sanctuary, a foyer, a cafe, prayer rooms, office space and children’s space.
The older building is being turned into the youth building and fellowship hall.
“That Thursday when I was standing outside and watching the building burning, I was just sick at my stomach,” Wiley said. “We had just lost our daughter in August and we were still reeling from that loss and then the church building burned. At a time like that, you’re just physically sick, you just don’t understand. You know there are always reasons but you just don’t understand. And now I can look at the back side and see that, although the burning of the original structure was horrible, what God replaced it with was greater. God certainly was very gracious to us.”