The building that burned was the church’s primary facility and was erected about seven or eight years ago, Wiley said.
The church originally met in the building currently housing the children’s ministry and the younger students on Wednesday evenings, according to Wiley. That’s where the congregation planned to hold their service Sunday.
They owed nothing on the building and had been adding a room at a time to the building as they could afford, according to Wiley. The building was nearly completed with only a couple of rooms left to finish, he said.
However, the building was insured, Wiley said.
“Honestly, right now, we’re in the shock and awe stage,” Wiley said.
Wiley said he was amazed by how many churches had called him by mid-morning Thursday offering their sanctuaries and support.
Wiley said the church just needs prayers as they deal with the situation.
“We’re certainly not going to let this fire take our spirit and our heart,” Wiley said, adding that they will be returning to their roots in the old building.
“Out of the ashes, good will come,” Wiley said.