Lakeview Missionary Baptist builds new home

Posted 6/30/20

Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church is erecting a new home, nearly 20 years in the making.

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Lakeview Missionary Baptist builds new home

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Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church is erecting a new home, nearly 20 years in the making.

The new location, which can be found on the opposite side of N. Short St. as their original location, is next to the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department. The lot was originally purchased nearly 20 years ago when the church was led by Rev. Jerry High, who has since moved on.

“We had to do it in phases,” said Jarrod Byrd, one of the Deacons at Lakeview. “(Lakeview) is a unique church with some great, young members. It just takes time to get some of this stuff done. About two years ago now they started on the foundation, and last week they started on the sides.”

The congregation, now led by Rev. Charleton Greene, had worshiped at their original location at the other end of N. Short St. since 1972. But Lakeview now has over 200 members and needed to find a bigger venue.

“We just outgrew it,” said Byrd. “Sometimes we would have parking go all the way back to Collard. It was just time to get out.”

In the meantime, the congregation has gathered at Sweet Zion Baptist Church for Sunday worship at noon. Rev. Tony Green of Sweet Zion has allowed the group to use the church following normal services.

The money for the project has so far been raised through donations and a number of fundraising events held through the church.

“It took a lot of praying, hard work, and a lot of fish plates and car washes,” said Byrd, who has been with the church since they purchased the lot. “It takes money to do everything. Being a unique church like ours with young members, we do not make the kind of money you might always see at some of the bigger churches. There have been several people who have come through and really helped. This is the fruit of it.”

A number of donations helped make the project possible. Byrd singled out individuals in the community such as Vivienne Chambless, Glenda Blair, Jon Stevens and John Bankhead, among others, as people who assisted in making the vision possible.

“It is community based and we do not want to stop here,” said Byrd, who shared aspirations of a possible family center to accompany the church. “We want people to understand what the big picture is: it is about saving souls. Our motto is ‘the church where love is practiced’, that is what we try to do every Sunday.”

The church is continuing to pay as they go through the project and offered no estimated completion date.

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