Seven months after devastating floods, Church of London holds grand reopening

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – The Freedom Christian Fellowship Church in London held its grand reopening on Sunday afternoon.

Almost seven months after the floods severely damaged the church, the shrine welcomed a large congregation for service at 2 p.m.

Senior Pastor Jerry Lewis has been with the church for 27 years and he’s never seen anything like the flooding that hit them earlier this year.

But the collective effort of the past seven months has brought services back to the sanctuary.

“The church effort – it’s amazing because they escalated to a time when you felt almost helpless,” Jerry said.

Dustin Lewis and his company True Colors were the main contractors, as they installed flooring and drywall and also painted.

“Seeing it now is truly breathtaking for us,” said Dustin.

“I’ve been excited almost since it happened and that excitement has only grown,” Jerry said.

Jerry’s enthusiasm was matched only by the energy of the assembly. A message of perseverance pervaded the service, which Jerry says happened by accident.

“My daughter is the keyboardist,” Jerry said. “I didn’t tell him what I was going to preach today.”

But given what the community went through, it allowed them to bring the congregation into a new era with a new church.

“All the songs, everything they did put my message into place,” Jerry said. “So I just came in like someone was at the base and I was hitting the lead or something… it was an amazing thing to see how it all came together.”

The service ended with a dedication ceremony.

In 34 years of ministry, Jerry says he’s the most excited he’s ever been. He also noted that masks are optional at church and those who are still uncomfortable coming in person can view online.

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