Flood waters, pastor's vision lead to new church
COVINGTON, Va. (BP) -- There is a new church in Alleghany County, Va. -- and it happened because of a flood, a legacy and a pastor's vision.
Prior to the flood, there were already 75–100 people from the Covington area who would drive to Fincastle for church. Many in that area already knew about Fincastle Baptist, but the church's flood response allowed the community to see the love of Jesus in action. Numerous Gospel conversations took place, and a pastor's vision was about to take flight.
Then the phone call came -- an unexpected gift. In December 2016, Cummings heard from a church trustee in Covington. The man said, "We've decided to give you our church." Unbeknownst to Cummings, a struggling church in Covington had voted to close its doors after declining to an attendance of eight. With Fincastle's ministry in the community having become widely known, the church determined to give its assets to Fincastle.
Transferring the church's property to Fincastle was the congregation's way of preserving a legacy of worship and missions since 1929 when the church began. After much prayer and discussion of the proposal, Fincastle decided to start a new campus at the donated church building in Covington. Fincastle Baptist is now one church meeting in two locations.
The Highlands Campus began with evening worship services in the fall of 2017 with plans to add a campus pastor and move worship services to Sunday morning when the time is right. Through outreach activities and events and by adopting five local schools (to help with school supplies), Fincastle Baptist Church is continuing to minister to the Covington community.
Cummings told Covington's Virginia Review, "Only God could take something bad like a flood and make something good come out of it."