Following the April 12 tornado that destroyed much of its campus, Grace Baptist Church and Academy will today lose its main church building and auditorium, a structure that has
been a landmark in the East Brainerd community for nearly half a century.
“This is a sad day for many of us,” said Senior Pastor Adam Love, “but I am grateful for how the members of our church and school have handled this situation.”
The current auditorium was built with a “lighthouse” feature—a lighted tower and cross that sat atop the building and symbolized Grace’s desire to be a light in the East Brainerd community that pointed people to Christ.
“Even though we’re losing this physical structure, being a light for Christ continues to be the desire of our church and academy,” said Pastor Love. “Plans are being drawn up for a new campus that will ultimately be a more effective place for us to do ministry. We look forward to seeing how God is going to make us a Greater Grace.”
Demolition is scheduled to begin today around noon or 1 p.m.