The silhouette of the First Baptist Church in Paintsville is returning to normal after crews worked Tuesday to erect a new steeple on the building’s northwest end.
The steeple had fallen last summer during a microburst storm on July 4 that also damaged other residences and businesses in Paintsville.
“It’s been a process just to be without it for five months, because the steeple in and of itself is just a beacon in our community for people,” Pastor Seth Carter said. “Just to get it back up is a restoration, really.”
“It’s been an opportunity for us to brag on the Lord, especially with how everything happened,” Carter said. “A lot of people could have been injured, but because of Him, it’s actually been a good thing for our church, in a weird way.”
Carter said that the way the steeple fell, it was not in the roadway, and did not damage even a petal of the flowers in the planters next to the building.
The new steeple, built by Campbellsville Industries, was put up with help from Goggans Construction of Paintsville, who also did the work preparing the church’s roof for the steeple to be mounted stronger than it was before.