For Russell Pearson and his wife of 58 years, Vhyla Marie , Saturday's re-dedication of Pittsfield First Baptist Church had special meaning. It is the church they were married in years ago.
The Pearsons were two of only seven congregation members when it closed down in 2008 because of the 165 year old building's poor condition.
Pearson said he knew the day would come when the church was revitalized.
"I never did think God's work was done here yet. I thought we'd come back," said Pearson.
Pastor Michael Pierce said Saturday was not only about celebrating the new physical building, but what it will mean for the community.
"We're rebuilding the church building, but we are also rebuilding the congregation and the main way we've done that is through relationships and serving people. We took those original seven people and started to build back in their lives. They invite other folks and word got around," said Pierce.
But they say they couldn't do it alone...
Several community churches pitched in to get the church back up in running - with Columbus Road Baptist Church in Quincy leading the way.
Pierce said it is positive to see a church like Pittsfield First Baptist turn around.
"There's so many churches closing. It is nice to see churches now actually re-opening, and re-starting and being revitalized," said Pierce.
Pam and Dennis Will are another couple that attended services at the church until it closed, and said they hope today was the start of a successful new chapter for the church.
"We would like to see it become another light house in the community, where a lot of people will see the ministry here and start attending and start seeing it grow and become what it used to be," said Will.
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