In August last year, historic flooding hit Middle Tennessee, irreparably damaging homes and churches in the area.
The building of the Pinewood Church of Christ in Nunnelly flooded for the second time. The congregation had rebuilt once before, when storms caused devastating floods in May 2010. As a consequence, the church was unable to insure the building again, leaving it with no coverage to pay for a new building this time.
But a year later, with support from Christians in the area and across the country, Pinewood is midway through construction at a new site about half a mile away from its previous building. The property previously belonged to a cattle company. Pinewood elder Phillip Bates told media that construction began in May and is expected to be complete early next year.
While it’s not on the hill overlooking the old church building that church member Drew Grimes told me he’d hoped for last year, the new site is still nearby and will offer two new buildings,…