MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Sunday morning worship service for Wetumpka’s First Baptist Church had to be moved after the tornado caused significant damage to the building.
After Saturday’s tornado caused major damage to the church, the congregation had to move to the Civic Center, where they held their 10 a.m. service.
It was a full house, even though they weren’t in their house of worship. Pastor James Troglen says that although this is a devastating time for the church, he’s preaching a message of patience.
“They just need to be patient while we assess and look at the building,” says Troglen. “They want to immediately get in there and start moving stuff. We can’t do that. We’ve got to have the entire structure, all of the structures checked and make sure there’s not damage that we’re not aware of. Our insurance adjuster has to look at it and clear it and then refining to clear us. So the main thing is just to be patient.”
It’s going to take some time to identify the severity of the damage, but the pastor says that he hopes that he can have service in the main sanctuary as early as next week.
Crews will be working over the next several days throughout the area. We’ll keep you updated on developments as we receive them on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News app.