Congregation gets new church after fire destroys 202-year-old building

Cedar Grove Baptist Church fire

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – When a 202-year-old Lebanon church burned to the ground last year, church members did not lose their faith. Instead, they started to rebuild.

On Sunday, the congregation of Cedar Grove Baptist celebrated their new church home with a dedication service.

Eugene Graves, who has been a member of the church since he was 13 years old, told News 2 he vividly remembers when the old building caught fire in February 2015.

“That morning I got a call before I ate breakfast, and somebody passed by and had seen the fire and called and said Cedar Grove Church is on fire,” explained Graves.

The fire destroyed almost everything, leaving church members without a place to worship. Fast forward to Sunday, and they now have a place to call home again.

“There is a great deal of dedication here. They brought that dedication and a new sense of excitement,” said Pastor Keith Cameron.

The new building was built about a month ago. It’s a big move for a church that was started in 1813.

Graves says they’re not looking to the past but focusing on where the church will be in another 200 years.

“We don’t have as many young people as we would like but we are trying to get more. Somebody has to run this when we are gone. “

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