‘Dream come true’ for Pentecostal church

Published 11:50 am Monday, February 25, 2013

Atmore United Pentecostal Church will put the finishing touches on a former pastor’s dream when they dedicate a new sanctuary this weekend.

The church held a service at 7 p.m. Friday and will hold another service at 6 tonight in its new sanctuary to honor the Rev. Fred Gibbs.

“It was his dream to see a new auditorium,” said his wife Mary Gibbs, current pastor of the church. “I’m just thankful because it’s been a dream for years and it has come true.”

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Work on the new building began in March of last year and the congregation was able to move in last December.

The new sanctuary includes a baptistry, larger pulpit and more seating, said church member Lois Ford.

Bo Bray, a retired homebuilder and church member oversaw the project. “It was a lot of hard work,” he said. “It was six days a week.”

Bray, who also plays the steel guitar at the church, said he was happy to help with the project.

“I am well pleased with it,” he said. “I’m just glad I was able to do what I did for the church. I’m proud, from start to finish, with the way it looks.”

The church located at 901 N. Main St. and has a congregation of 60 to 70.