Church members of the Piedmont, Ala., Church celebrated paying off their church property on Sabbath, March 31, 2018, with a mortgage-burning ceremony.
It was with a lot of emotion that Mike Duman, pastor, shared what it was like to see an F-5 tornado destroy the church he and fellow members had worked so hard to build. The tornado occurred on April 27, 2011, just two weeks before the first mortgage burning was scheduled. That church finished construction in 2006, and with generous financial support, including support from charter members Ron and Carol Pletcher and Desmond Doss, it was paid off four years later. Following that tornado, the reconstruction included a basement community storm shelter. Five years after reconstruction completion, the church is debt-free once again.
Dave Livermore, president of the Gulf States Conference, and Mike Duman, pastor and co-founder of Piedmont Church, led out in the service. Rick Blythe, former pastor and co-founder of Piedmont, was in attendance as well. The ceremony included greetings and remarks from Mel Eisele, former president of Gulf States, and Dennis Milburn, former treasurer of Gulf States. Video messages from those not able to attend included Brian Danese, treasurer of Gulf States; Leslie Louis, president of the Carolina Conference; and Wes Peppers, associate ministerial director of the Michigan Conference.
Gulf States | June 2018