A cross hangs in the foyer of Mount Hebron East Baptist Church, Eclectic, that not only reminds them of the reason they exist but also where God’s brought them.
It’s made of hand-hewn heart pine salvaged from the church building that was destroyed during the April 2011 tornado outbreak.
And on April 25 — almost 10 years to the day of the storm — the congregation gathered to celebrate its 125th anniversary and the faithfulness of God.
“It was a celebration of how blessed we were to rebuild without debt,” church member Bobby Thornton said. “People from around the state and country gave so the building could be built debt free.”
Ralph Foster, a commissioner for the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a certificate during the anniversary celebration, and Bob Williamson, pastor during the tornado and the rebuilding of the church, led in a special prayer during the service. Holy Trinity, a trio from Clanton, provided special music. Jeff Finklea is pastor.