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Trussville’s CrossPoint helps rebuild Williams Chapel comment (0)

July 19, 2012

By Joseph Rhea

On June 8 a construction ministry team from CrossPoint Baptist Church, Trussville, finished its work on a new building for Williams Chapel Church, Greensboro. Team members completed the interior and exterior framing, finished decking and shingles on the roof, put up exterior vinyl siding, installed windows and doors and insulated the building — in just over four days.

Williams Chapel’s original structure was destroyed by a tornado April 15, 2011. In March, Mel Johnson, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, contacted CrossPoint’s construction ministry about the church.

“The church needed complete rebuilding … it had no foundation or anything,” said Melissa Freeman, leader of CrossPoint’s construction ministry team.

The team met with representatives of Williams Chapel in March to discuss and finalize the church’s plans for a new building. Then on June 4 CrossPoint’s team — including volunteers from Illinois, Kentucky and Georgia — descended on the town to work.

“When you have people who are working for God and want to work, it’s amazing to see what happens,” Freeman said.

Alabama Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins, a member of Williams Chapel, oversaw the project from the church’s end.

“The volunteers had already assigned out labor, so we were support staff,” he said. 

Williams Chapel members provided food, refreshments and additional labor to the teams and acquired any extra resources the builders needed. Some work remains to be done with the church’s Sheetrock, painting and a brick facade for the front, but Wiggins expected the church to be able to meet in the building in July.

“Words can’t describe the blessing we’ve received,” he said.

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