The massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs left the small town church riddled with bullets and marred with horrific memories.
After the Nov. 5 shooting that killed 26 people in South Texas, Pastor Frank Pomeroy said the church would be demolished.
On Tuesday afternoon in San Antonio, Pomeroy shared his vision for the new place of worship and how the buildings will be used in the community. The North American Mission Board will lead the development of a new worship center and educational building.
Renderings were shown of the new space, including a 250-seat worship center. The new site will be built on an empty lot just north of the original church. The total cost for the project is $3 million, but developers hope to get that number down to zero with the help of donations.
Pomeroy says the new facilities will be a “beacon for Wilson County” and will be a way for the community to remember the ones they lost.
“That God is going to use the blood of those 26 martyrs and those survivors to bring forth revival into the land and to bring forth revival into Sutherland Springs, and I would say Wilson County and even into the state,” says Pomeroy.
Pomeroy has been holding Sunday service at a temporary site since the shootings. He says the congregation is around 180 people.
Crews expect to break ground on the first phase in May of this year. The estimated project completion date is May of 2019.