DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WEHT) – Easter Sunday means a little bit more for a church in Dawson Springs. Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist Church is returning to its building at 101 E. Walnut St. for the first time since the tornadoes of Dec. 10-11.
“I am so blessed to be back in church,” said Jenny Sewell, who has been a member of the church since she was 10 years old.
“This may be the best Easter this church has ever had,” said Pastor Jeff Winfrey.
Mother Nature’s fury caused significant damage. The tornado tore off the roof, front doors, took out the windows, and damaged pews.
Pastor Winfrey wondered if they were going to have to start over.
“It just looked like a goner- and people told us we need to tear it down,” he said. “I saw the worst I’ve seen for two or three weeks there- and now I’ve witnessed some of the best things I’ve seen in my entire life.”
A talk with engineers and contractors determined the building itself was still sound but needed extensive repairs.
“I asked the engineers a month ago if any chance for Easter. And he said no we would never make Easter but maybe May,” Winfrey said.
For the past several months, the church has been holding their services every Sunday in the Dawson Springs Elementary School Auditorium. Pastor Winfrey says it feels good to be back in the church building.
“We’ve been able to get the church built back here and especially here on this aster Sunday. it just puts icing on the cake,” he said.
There is still work to be done. Right now, the congregation sits in foldable chairs instead of pews, and there is no front door.
Winfrey says the doors are expected to come up within the next week and the rebuilding process will continue.