A 146-year-old church caved in from storm

Insulation is sprinkled around the floor of Simonia Baptist Church like snowflakes. “It had to be a tornado or something to tear up the roof and the kitchen part...

Insulation is sprinkled around the floor of Simonia Baptist Church like snowflakes.

“It had to be a tornado or something to tear up the roof and the kitchen part and the entrance part.”

Ernest Turner, Sr., is the pastor at Simonia Baptist Church. He says he’s amazed by what he sees in the old church – a giant hole in the roof, and bricks and pieces of the building crumbled onto the floor.

The building has been standing strong for decades, and this is a first.

“We hope we’re going to have someone cover the holes up of the church, but if not we’re going to do the best that we can – anything that we can do for God’s church,” Pastor Ernest told News 12 in front of the collapsed church.

The hole in the structure were caused by a thunderstorm Monday night. It had wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

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Turner is thankful no one was hurt in the storm, because people were inside the church just hours earlier.

“Thank God, He held the storm back and we celebrated 146 years.”

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As Pastor Ernest looks at the damage taking the place where his congregation normally site, he says may more things are gone, but one remains.

“He says ‘my ways are your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts,’ so God has his own timing and his own ways to fix everything.”

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Right now there is no estimate or timeline for repairs, but Pastor Ernest says a neighboring church will take them in for the time being.


APPLING, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Simonia Baptist Church, in Appling, has suffered some damage from Monday night storms.

the church is located at 543 Louisville Road. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says the damage report was filed Monday night.

When deputies arrived at the church the roof had been partially ripped off, causing the front wall of the building to crumble at the entrance.

Deputies say all doors and windows were intact.

Source: WRDW/WAGT

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