Despite obstacles in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, a North Carolina church incorporates a beautiful renovation.
Jeremy Mika · March 6, 2017
Part 1: Church Construction in Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding from the disaster wrought massive devastation up and down the east coast. Churches in the region were just as vulnerable as the countless homes that were damaged and destroyed.
One of those churches was Crossroads Church in Benson, NC. Scott Betts, senior pastor, says that the church, which first started meeting in August, 2009 has had to trust in God and have faith that He was in their mission from the first meeting they held.
“We took possession of our facility in downtown Benson and held our first service and were told that we can’t be in the facility,” he said. “Benson was in the midst of a downtown beautification project, and I guess they didn’t think that a storefront church was the best for the project.”
Challenged from the Start
Betts and his team petitioned the town board of commissioners and won a hearing allowing rezoning of their building, and by November, 2009 services were once again allowed. Fast forward to Oct. 8, 2016: just as the church has grown and made the most of its downtown facility, it suffered significant damage associated with flooding from Hurricane Matthew.
Betts says that the last eight years helped prepare the church for the massive task of repair and renovation.
“As our church has continued to grow we have always been in a constant state of change. Space is at a premium in this building and we’ve constantly had to tweak things to make it work,” he said. “The hurricane caused by far the most change for us, but the church family and community came together like you wouldn’t believe to help us through.”