KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - The Highland Park Baptist Church was no stranger to the damage caused by the storm that tore through East Texas early Thursday morning.
The church suffered minor damage internally, but the roof of the church’s children’s building suffered a lot.
“In our children’s building, the back side of the roof was taken off,” said Riley Pippen, pastor of the church. “Some water got into the building. Probably about a third of the floor was wet, but most of it is roof damage.”
Although the damage looks bad, church staff said they’re ready to get to work to clean it up.
“Everybody is ready to get started,” said Bart Holland, the chairman of the deacons for the church. “Just let us know what to do and when to be there. We have a good church family here. We’ll take care of it.”
Holland expressed gratitude that no one was hurt.
“The main thing is nobody was hurt," Holland said. "buildings can be rebuilt or replaced; that’s not a problem.”
Although the building was damaged, what wasn’t damaged was the staff’s faith.
“Don’t worry about it; everything is in the works, and it’s going to be taken care of, and we’ll get it back together as soon as possible because the Lord," said Kenneth Autrey. "If you make yourself available, he’ll give you the ability to do it.”
Holland wants community members to be assured that service will still take place on Sunday even if it’s by candle light.