November 2nd 2001, the Pleasant Valley Church in Greene County was struck by lightning. A day later, members of the congregation were still trying to stop the resulting fire and save what they could. Pastor John Everett remembers what it was like seeing his church burn to the ground. "My children were crying and we were upset. As I was pulling up, I could see the sanctuary was engulfed in flames.
The firefighters worked until they realized it was a losing cause. Even today, John's mind is flooded with the memories of preaching to the people and praying with them. But, his most precious memory is of his children. "This was the place where my children were saved and baptized. I had the privilege of standing in the baptistery that was destroyed and looking into their eyes and saying I baptize you my brother and my sister. Many things that were precious to us were lost in the building."
However, for the Pleasant Valley Church, not all was lost. As John Everett and his congregation prayed, they began to sense God was pushing them to relocate. "This church had serve a wonderful purpose. In the early stages, there was a house on every corner with 8 or 9 children in the house to take care of the family farm. But the family farm has gone under to the point where there's just not many left in this neighborhood."