250 year old church damaged during Hurricane Matthew opens for first service

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – 9 On Your Side first brought you the story of the 250 church damaged by the flooding in October.

Now five months later church renovations are finished.

The sign reads “there’s no place like home”.

That’s how church members at Southwest Christian Church feel after being displaced for five months.

When we first saw them, they were hard at work renovating after Hurricane Matthew hit, the second time this church was flooded in two decades.

Sunday was their first service back in their beloved church.

Preston Hunter Chairman of Board said they are glad to be back in and it made them all closer as a congregation.

“Nothing is going to set you back, whether it’s a flood or a hurricane or whatever we will come back stronger, said Hunter.

They now have full renovations complete with new walls.

“When you came we had pretty much torn from here down, and I could see through, you could see through all the Sunday schools rooms, “ explained Church member Shelia Hunter White.

And their signature red carpet in the sanctuary is back.

“With the pews already being red, we knew we were going to have to go back to red carpet, plus the congregation would not have let us change from red,” said White.

Church member Doug Rivenbark said this was definitely a learning experience.

“Be strong, keep the faith, whatever happens you just got to come back and you’ve got to adapt and overcome,” said Rivenbark.

White said she prays nothing like this happens again but now she is happy and that, “there’s no place like home.”


WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

1 thought on “250 year old church damaged during Hurricane Matthew opens for first service

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s