A helping hand: One church helps another find a home after June's flash flood

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Members of Ripley Pentecostal Church volunteered June 27 to clean the building they now worship in.

Ripley Pentecostal Church was under about four feet of water when a flash flood hit Ripley in June. It took about two weeks, but Frank Bounds, the church's pastor, found a new place for his churchgoers to call home. 

His church was hopping around from building to building until the pastor of New Life Fellowship reached out to him about two weeks ago. She offered to lease her building to Bounds. 

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He said he's grateful to have a stable place to worship once again. The past month has been challenging because the flood cost the church about $100,000 in renovations. 

He hasn't lost any attendees since the flood and while what happened to the old building was "devastating," he said his congregation seems to enjoy the new location on Charleston Road. 

Bounds doesn't know what the future holds for the old church building. He said he's waiting to hear back from the insurance company, but he has no plans to take his church back there. 

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.