Thankful and Blessed

I never like waking up to a phone call. I always wake up with my heart racing, wondering if something is wrong. This morning I received a call that a fire had started downtown just a few buildings away from our church. All the buildings are connected, so we didn’t know what to expect. By the time I arrived at the church, smoke was rolling out of a building just three doors down from the church and flames were coming through the roof.

It didn’t look good for a while, we loaded up several of the instruments and valuables from the church, expecting the worst, but our local volunteer fire department did an awesome job of keeping the fire contained. I’ve grown up around the fire department with my dad and brother both long time members. We also have several firefighters in our church. It was great to see the teamwork and effort from a group of people who continually put their lives on the line to serve others.

You can see the back entrance of the church in the picture above. Cornerstone is the building on the left. I am thankful and blessed to let you know that the church sustained no damage at all and there were no injuries. Misty, our children’s director at Cornerstone, runs a cosmetic business that was next door to the fire. Her business sustained some smoke damage, but no fire or water damage. Below is a video from channel 10 news that shows the fire from the front of the church. I just keep thinking, it could have been much worse …

Please pray for the families who were living in the burned apartments. Thankfully they are safe, but it looks like they lost everything.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. Joseph Sangl says:

    So glad to see the church house was spared!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *