By Grace Thornton
The Alabama Baptist
About 16 years ago, Sixth Street Baptist Church, Alexander City, got a vision to buy some land on Airport Road so they could one day expand.
And back in October 2019, they finally broke ground — or rather, stone — on the place that would become their new church building.
“There was so much stone they needed to remove from the land that the church’s new name was derived from there,” said Brett Self, pastor of the former Sixth Street Baptist, now called Stone Ridge Baptist Church.
And they hold a lot of hopes for that rocky ground. For one, a bigger building will allow them to accommodate almost double the number of people on a Sunday morning. They will be closer to the center of Alexander City and to Highway 280. And they will have better access to a big missions field — the new church facilities will be right across the street from Central Alabama Community College.
“It’s going to create some great ministry opportunities for us,” said Self, who came to Stone Ridge Baptist in April.
As the sanctuary, state-of-the-art children’s facilities and new adult and student meeting space have been framed up over the past few months, the church has been continuing to grow stronger while they’ve been meeting online during COVID-19. They’re now back meeting together with some safety guidelines in place and looking forward to later this year when they can hopefully get in their new building.
“We are very, very excited about what God has done up to this point, what the future holds and all the things He’s going to accomplish,” Self said.
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