BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Hitting a 100-year milestone is a rare occasion. But the Merrimac Pentecostal Holiness Church in Blacksburg is making it look easy.
“It’s exciting to be part of the history because you end up 100 years and you kind of have a new birth for the second hundred years,” says Pastor Richard Hall.
Originally founded by two women from Pulaski. The church served the once mining town of Merrimac, by ministering to the miners and their families. Even though the church has gone through it’s share of changes over the years. The spirit within has stayed the same.
“It was a coal mining community at the time so it was a rough and tumble atmosphere when they came it started out if I recall right 16 to 18 church members and it has grown for over 100 years and so it’s been a tremendous place to be,” explains Hall.
Sunday, photos detailing memories of those who built or passed through the church’s doors lined the fellowship hall. For Pastor Hall, seeing the different generations through time is inspiring.
“We’ve had several generations that have really just set the mile markers a long the way and we have passed the torch to move it up another notch. Not down a notch, up a notch to become an even better place than the kingdom of God so that we can reach more people for him.”
With 100 years under their belt, the church is ready to keep moving forward.
“We’re in his hands we are clay to be molded and shaped we won’t look like we were 100 years ago but nevertheless we’re still about the kingdom business,” says Hall.
The church is already looking forward to it’s next 100 years of service to the community.