By David Dawson
KENTON — Roughly 30 hours after a tornado left devastating destruction on the campus of Bethpage Baptist Church in Kenton, a group of 70 church members gathered on the grounds for a time of worship and prayer on Sunday morning.
With many members still emotionally raw from the events of the weekend, Bethpage pastor Garry Burkacki said the Sunday service was a time of healing and hope.
“There was such a sweet spirit there,” he said. “There was a lot of hope and a lot of anticipation about what’s ahead for our church, knowing that God has always been faithful and that He will be faithful in this, as well.”
Bethpage Baptist was among the hardest hit by the storms that blasted parts of Tennessee in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 11. The storm tore apart the church’s gym and fellowship hall. The sanctuary remained intact, but the building has now been classified as a total loss due to structural damage caused by the winds, Burkacki said.
The church’s steeple was found in a farmer’s field about 600 or 700 yards away from the church, Burkacki said. [Read more…]