Parsons church experiences revitalization one year
after fire destroys sanctuary
By Lonnie Wilkey
PARSONS — As the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed the building of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Parsons approaches, the memory of Jan. 21 is still vivid in the mind of pastor Adam Wood, down to the exact minutes.
Bear Creek had ended its evening worship service and, as was typical, Wood and his wife were the last to leave — that night at 7:24 p.m. Eight minutes later he received a call that the church was on fire.
As they returned to the church they could see the glow. By the time they arrived the fire had engulfed the church and in two or three hours the church burned to the ground, Wood recalled. [Read more…]