Warrior Creek pastor reacts to church fire

Church members plan to congregate Sunday morning outside of the building for worship service.

Posted: Aug. 22, 2018 8:17 PM
Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 8:17 PM

Several nearby churches are offering a helping hand to Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church. A majority of the church building is destroyed after it caught fire on Tuesday night. WAAY 31 also learned that Wednesday night bible study is cancelled.

Several people who live in this community have been stopping by Warrior Creek Baptist Church. They're extending their love and prayers and want congregation members to know that they're not alone.

"I buried my dad in '09. This is worse than that," said Pastor Daryl Ross.

Pastor Daryl Ross said he's been numb all night. Even as the Shepard of Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church, he's still grieving.

"I'm supposed to lead, I'm struggling and praying for enough grace for God to lead us out of here," Ross said.

The church building is a total loss.

"He didn't put this on us to punish us, things just happen," Ross said.

However, that doesn't mean the congregation won't have worship service.

"They always ask me 'preacher can we come outside?' So if the weather permits, we'll have a normal preaching service out here. There'll prob be 125 people waiting on a word from the Lord,'"Ross said.

Deacon Tom Ellenburg said several churches in the Cullman County area have reached out to Warrior Creek offering their building.

Ellenburg has worshiped at Warrior Creek since he was 5-years-old. He plays the piano and teaches Sunday School.

"One church actually recently built a new sanctuary. Their old sanctuary is just being unused now. That's Union Hill Methodist Church," said Ellenburg.

Congregation members are praying and trying to look past the current situation,"

Even though we may not see it, I know he has a plan and he's going to take care of us regardless," said Katie Beam.

Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1857, this is actually the 4th building.

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