Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church breaks ground for newest addition to the church
By PAMELA GRANT
Sunday afternoon, Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church in Copperas Cove broke ground on what will become the site of the church’s new Family Life Center.
Pastor W.G. “Will” Jackson II said that the church plans to use the Family Life Center as a hub for family devotion, spiritual/interpersonal fellowship, breaking of bread, mental and physical health, community outreach, as well as a gathering spot for discipleship training.
The new building will be located between the church’s two existing buildings.
Reverend George Blake, Assistant Pastor for Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, said that the new building, which will be the church’s third building, is a great accomplishment that shows the progress of the church which is now 40 years old.
“We can see how God is faithful, and we can see how when we, as Christians, put our faith and trust in God, then he can do amazing things through his people,” said Reverend Blake. He said that the building represents what they can do through the blessing of the Lord and it can be seen by all who pass by.
“It’s not just about building a building, it’s about trying to reach people so that they may have an understanding of who God is, and that through Jesus Christ, every person can have salvation.”
Prior to the groundbreaking, the church held a service wherein they thanked the Lord for blessing them and talked about the impact the new building will help them have on the community.
The guest speaker for the service before the event was Pastor Willie E. Robertson from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Temple. Also attending were State Representative Dr. J. D. Sheffield, Copperas Cove Mayor Bradi Diaz, and representatives from churches in Harker Heights and Killeen, each of whom took the opportunity to give a brief statement of their thoughts on the church’s expansion.
After the service’s completion, Mayor Diaz and several church representatives grabbed the provided golden shovels, sinking them into the dirt and symbolically breaking ground.
wChurch members were excited about the potential the new building represents.
“It means the Lord is definitely working in the city and, with this expansion, hopefully the people will get to know Jesus,” said Rebecca Jackson, a member of the church.
Construction of the new building is expected to begin by March 5, and the building is planned to be completed by the church’s Friends and Family Day, which is set for September 28.