Henderson church fire sparks impromptu sermon
Posted July 22
Henderson, N.C. — Woods Worth Baptist Church in Henderson was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening.
The facade of the church, at 444 Woodsworth Road, remained, but the roof, walls and interior were but rubble.
Eugene Hanks was among the members of the congregation who gathered on the grounds to pray as firefighters finished their work.
"Tragedies do happen, but if you have enough faith, we believe that everything is going to be all right," he said.
Pastor Glendora Hargrove was moved to a spontaneous sermon.
"I'm telling my church family to keep the faith, stand strong," she said. "We need to come together now more than ever before!"
Hargrove said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area of the fellowship hall, but no one was inside, and she doesn't suspect arson.
"I don't believe that anybody would ... I just don't believe anybody would harm this building," she said.
The State Bureau of Investigation and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were summoned, a standard response when a church burns. The Vance County fire marshal said that investigation would begin Wednesday.