Westminster Presbyterian Church to Rebuild - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Westminster Presbyterian Church to Rebuild

Posted: Updated:

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg took a hard hit from the tornado that hit on February 10. There's extensive roof damage, water damage, that's now causing mold and the second floor of the church is completely destroyed. That's not keeping the congregation down though; they plan to restore the church.

 

"Our structural engineers say it can be rebuilt. If we get enough money from our insurance company and our friends and supporters it will be rebuilt."

 

According to Pastor Steve Ramp the church has a disaster relief fund that's already reached more than a hundred thousand dollars.

Even though no official numbers on the amount of damage have been given, he predicts it will cost about two million dollars to repair.

 

"You have to look at teach, each item, the roof, what has to be demolished, the electrical system, lots of things that you can't know ahead of time."

 

In the sanctuary, the church pews were ruined by the rain as well as the carpet and the wind and trees busted out most of the windows. One thing that was salvaged was the church organ

 

"The organ pipes in the upper part of the church were not hurt and the rest of them we got out before they got wet."

 

Since the tornado the congregation has had services across the street at Parkway Heights Methodist Church. "It doesn't matter whether you're Methodist or Baptist or Presbyterian or Catholic or whatever none of that matters when the ox is in the ditch God's people come together."

 

Pastor Ramp says the rebuilding process should take about two years.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Col. Holden, first black to lead NC Patrol, dies

    Col. Holden, first black to lead NC Patrol, dies

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:07:34 GMT
    Col. Richard Holden of Cary, the first African-American to lead the North Carolina Highway Patrol, died Thursday.
    Col. Richard Holden of Cary, the first African-American to lead the North Carolina Highway Patrol, died Thursday.
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • Former Pine Belt Officer Indicted For Sex Crimes

    Former Pine Belt Officer Indicted For Sex Crimes

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:45:00 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A former Lamar County Sheriff's Deputy and Hattiesburg Police sergeant is facing 6 indictments for sex crimes.According to the indictment, Averald Burnett allegedly committed sexual acts on a minor, who is also a member of his family. He's being charged with 4 counts of fondling, 2 counts of sexual battery, and an attempted sexual battery. Arraignment for Burnett is scheduled for September 8th at the Lamar County Circuit Court. Burnett served 22 years with the Hattiesburg...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A former Lamar County Sheriff's Deputy and Hattiesburg Police sergeant is facing 6 indictments for sex crimes.According to the indictment, Averald Burnett allegedly committed sexual acts on a minor, who is also a member of his family. He's being charged with 4 counts of fondling, 2 counts of sexual battery, and an attempted sexual battery. Arraignment for Burnett is scheduled for September 8th at the Lamar County Circuit Court. Burnett served 22 years with the Hattiesburg...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.