A Dec. 11 fire at First Baptist Church Leroy destroyed the church’s education building, but the church’s sanctuary was spared thanks to the efforts of local volunteer firefighters.
Pastor Ben Posey said the education building, which contained office and classroom space, is a total loss. The sanctuary sustained water damage but was saved by the quick response of four local departments, Posey said.
A final investigation is pending, but signs point to the fire starting in an old kitchen area in the building that burned, he said.
The church will meet at a local school through the end of December and is working on a plan for Sunday School classes and office space in the new year, Posey said. Several area churches have offered space for the congregation to meet.
Posey said church and community members are sad for the loss of a building that held “many great memories,” but they are looking to the future.
“I’m looking at this as an opportunity for what God is going to do,” Posey said.
The fire might have destroyed a building, he said, but “our spirit’s not quenched.”