Work is being done on the First Presbyterian Church

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The First Presbyterian Church of Andalusia is getting a facelift.

The church was built in 1906, for $10,000, according to the “History of First Presbyterian Church.”

Work on the restoration of the church began in late May and Pastor Bob Madsen said that it is uncertain how long the construction will last.

“We have been waiting for a roofer,” Madsen said. “The one that we contracted got tied up on another job in Dothan after the wreckage of Hurricane Michael last year, so we understand that. We are hoping to begin construction on the roof later this month, and then we will expect it to take about two to three months, but it is still uncertain.”

Madsen said that there are several issues that have caused the restoration.

“We have had some leaks in the roof and the steeple,” Madsen said. “The leakage has caused a lot of water damage in the church. We will decide what to do with the other issues once the water damage is fixed. We will probably start painting the inside and maybe restore the floors to the original pine surface, but that is still uncertain.”

The members of the church said that they are very appreciative, Madsen said.

“We want to be careful to not say this is a reconstruction because we aren’t changing anything,” Madsen said. “But the congregation have all said that they are appreciative of the work that we are doing to the church. We haven’t started any work on the inside of the chapel. So we can still worship there, but once we start work on the inside, we will have to move our service to the fellowship hall. We might hear some opinions about the restoration at that point.”