Destroyed by arson, now rebuilding

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's the first of the East Texas churches destroyed by arson to move forward and begin rebuilding. Dover Baptist Church started dirt work this week, and they're hosting a ground breaking ceremony on Saturday.

Fresh dirt marks a new beginning for Dover Baptist Church. "The Lord is making this possible. He is making it happen fast. He wants his house built," said Albert Valadez, a church trustee.

A little over two months ago, the church went up in flames. The community quickly rallied together and cleaned up the remains "We just couldn't believe that it would happen to this little community," said Kathy Brunson, a member of the church's fundraising committee.

The church started the dirt work for the new building, and they're hoping to pour the concrete by the end of the month.

Brunson says they're in need of your help to continue building. She said, "They already got some donations, but they need a lot more to rebuild this church." The church's insurance covered some, but not all of the damages.

Community members like Albert Valadez have stepped up to help. He's a retired custom home builder who's offered his services for free. "I didn't think I would ever be rebuilding again or anything. This came along here, but it's been a blessing for me because I'm building for the Lord," said Valadez.

The building will be three times the size of the original church. "We are making it big enough so we can have a lot of young people, and this will be something for them after we are gone," said Valadez.

The church is hosting a ground breaking ceremony this Saturday. It will take place on the grounds of Dover Baptist Church from 10 am - noon.

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