PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – It’s been three years since a fire burned down the sanctuary at the Pulaski Church of God.
“It’s been a very emotional day a very exciting day a very exhausting day a lot of work a lot of volunteers have been involved in getting us to where we are today but this is a day of celebration,” says Pastor Donald Jones.
Sunday the church held their first service since the incident back in 2017. For people like Draper Volunteer Firefighter Kenny Hancock the fire three years is still fresh in his mind.
“That night not only was I there as a fireman but there as a member of this church and to see all the memories go up and the place where I was saved my family had marriages there we had history there,” says Hancock.
When churchgoer Richard Myers heard about the news back in 2017 he was shocked.
“It was just heartbreaking a place you’ve grown up in your whole life to see it go down the way that it did just a lot of memories were lost but I’m just excited I wanted to be back here for the homecoming for the soft grand opening. But just to be here with my family and the people I grew up with and to see this has just been amazing,” says Myers.
Today parishioners filled the pews of the new worship hall, and for some this homecoming hit close to home.
“I grew up here was baptized here and so I moved away in 2004 to Orlando but always came back every time I got a chance,” explains Myers.
During Sunday service people from all over came to sing and worship and celebrate the new church. The firefighters who fought the fire were honored by the church.
“When we’re able to go in and save things just like we saved the family life center a place we were able to worship when we were building this building it’s a great honor to be honored for doing that job,” says Hancock.
With the flames at bay and a new place to call home. The halls of the Pulaski Church of God has been filled with a renewed spirit.