The morning of July 14, 2013, the congregation of Trinity Presbyterian Church met at the Health Resource Center of the East Alabama Medical Center for its Sunday service.
Less than 24 hours before, the Opelika church was destroyed by a fire believed to have been caused by lightning.
That morning, Pastor Chris Duncan’s sermon was simple: God had a plan for them.
“In some ways, this is very exciting because we’re going to see what happens and this is also an opportunity to demonstrate that we believe what we say we believe and by God’s grace, our church is going to march forward,” Duncan said.
A year later, Duncan is still preaching the same message to his congregation and staff as they work toward building a new church. Duncan said the new church would likely be built in the same location as the former church.
“I’ve encouraged our folks to keep the bigger picture in mind that we are a family apart from the building,” Duncan said. “The building is important, and that’s what we’re working toward, but we have to be patient to get through this.”