First Baptist Church on Moores Lane in Texarkana, Texas commenced their $1.4 million renovation project this week. This is the first major renovation in over 30 years, since the church was originally built.
According to Bill Vahle, who was found overseeing the construction, the church held a fundraiser in February and with pledges that first Sunday after they announced, “ nearly $900,000 was raised immediately! The Lord has just blessed us, he reiterated.”
He said the pews have been given away for free, mostly to local churches, predominantly Cross Creek Baptist in Maud, and some community members. The original pews are being replaced with theatre style stadium quality seats. the carpeting, painting, and much of the technical equipment is being completely replaced, including the televisions and installation of sound boards.
Tanner’s Crane and Rigging, Bill’s Movers, Malvern Arkansas, and Contech are some of the businesses helping with labor. Wayne Mitchell, Facility Supervisor and Olin Owens, Facility Manager said the project began on Monday and isn’t expected to be complete until around August.