Pastor promises to rebuild after Henderson church fire
Posted November 1, 2016
Henderson, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating a Tuesday morning church fire in Henderson.
Firefighters said they responded to a call at the Birthing Center Church at about 4 a.m., but the building was already engulfed in flames. People who live nearby said when the building burned, a lot of history went up in smoke.
The building was built in 1900 and after all those years and heavy flames, some of its bones were still standing.
“It’s a major loss,” said Pastor Cornelius Williams.
For the past 20 years, the old building has been used as a church. Williams said his mother moved the congregation to Henderson in 1996.
“It was passed down to myself,” he explained.
For years, the church fed the community, both physically and spiritually. Recently, a concert was held on the front steps and worshipers gathered for service on Sunday.
“It’s a setback and a dark hour, but we will continue to be encouraged,” Williams said.
Since the fire, the community has shown Williams what his church means to them. That’s why, he said, they are not going anywhere.
“We are dealing with a loss but we plan to stay there. We are going to rebuild,” he said.
Williams said there were plans to expand the church, but those plans are on hold for the time being.
The cause of the fire was unknown.