Phil Campbell Church Plans First Worship Service Since April 2011 Tornado

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) - A Phil Campbell church will open for worship services for the first time this weekend, since a tornado destroyed the building on April 27th, 2011.

The Mountain View Baptist Church pastor says, the past two years have been difficult, but the congregation relied on God to rebuild.

“Now He`s raised us up out of nothing to meet his challenge for the future, and we`re ready,” said Taylor.

The church was damaged beyond repair, but parishioners remained faithful.

For nearly two years, members of the congregation met in a modular chapel after a tornado destroyed the building.

“I think the devil meant it for our harm, but God permitted it for our good and let me tell ya, it is really going to be good,” said Taylor.

As people finally fill the sanctuary this Sunday, they will sit together in one room, with one goal; praise their heavenly Father, who they say, made this house of worship whole again.

“They`re excited because they`ve seen God work, this is the end result,” said Taylor.

The first church service in the building starts at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 21st.  Everyone is invited.

According to Pastor Sammy Taylor, he's expecting a big crowd, and he believes several of the volunteers who helped build the church will also be attending.