100-year-old church gets remodel

Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Oak Grove Pastor Gary Holloway preaches a sermon in the renovated sanctuary.

Oak Grove Pastor Gary Holloway preaches a sermon in the renovated sanctuary.

A nearly 100-year-old church building recently got a facelift just in time for its annual homecoming services.

Oak Grove Baptist Church in the Rawls School Community was established more than 125 years ago, but the current church sanctuary was built around 100 years ago, church pastor Gary Holloway said.

Church members have spent approximately five months renovating the church sanctuary.

Holloway said there was some substantial foundation work done to make the floors level.

“I could tell from the pulpit that the floor wasn’t level,” he said.

Ultimately, they raised the outside of the foundation three inches and lowered the inside two inches and did some additional structural reinforcements to ensure the foundation was sturdy.

The walls and ceilings were sheetrocked, new lighting was installed, new carpet and a soundbooth were installed, and the stage-area was expanded.

Holloway said the renovation was truly a church-wide project.

“We had people young and old helping with the project,” he said.

Not only did the congregation put in the manpower to upgrade their place of worship, they invested their money.

Holloway said the project cost a little more than $20,000 and it’s paid for.

Sunday is homecoming and will be the third Sunday in the remodeled sanctuary.

Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will follow.

The church is located at 13181 Oak Grove Road.