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Clayton congregation rebuilds church destroyed by arson

Posted February 13, 2011 11:47 a.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2011 7:48 p.m. EST

— A Clayton congregation whose church building was destroyed by arson fires two years ago dedicated a new sanctuary Sunday.

Clayton police believe that Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 5217 Barber Mill Road, was intentionally set on fire early May 6, 2009, and again on June 6, 2009. The second fire toppled the steeple and destroyed the sanctuary and Sunday school wing.

For the past two years, the approximately 100-member congregation has held services in other churches, their community center and even a local funeral home.

In January, though, the church moved into its new building and started holding worship services.

"We have been very blessed and been able to rebuild over the last two years," member Jenny Kanagy wrote in an email to WRAL News.

The congregation held a service Sunday afternoon to dedicate the new sanctuary. Pastor Darrell Sauls said the church also wants to thank the many people who helped them rebuild.

Mount Calvary has been in Clayton for nearly a century, and the building that burned was built in the 1980s.

No suspects have been named in the arson fires. A $10,000 reward has been offered for information that helps solve the case.