Following an arson fire that destroyed the church building at Arrington Chapel Church in the southern portion of Cherokee County back on Friday, January 22nd, Pastor Samuel Roe said that this is not going to stop him or his congregation from moving forward.
Roe, who also serves as a Paraprofessional at Jones Elementary School in Etowah County said that he was at school when he received word that his church had been burned:
Pastor Roe said that despite the loss, the church would continue its ministry:
Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person on County Road 183 near Arrington’s Chapel and arrived on scene to find the church burning; subsequently Joshua T. Bagley age 33 of Georgia, was located by deputies and was transported to a local hospital. Sheriff’s Office investigators have obtained a warrant for arson and the Bagley will be arrested and charged upon his release from the hospital.
Chief Deputy Josh Summerford confirmed that as of Wednesday (January 27, 2020) Bagley had not been arrested.
Pastor Roe shared an important message in saying it’s not about the memories of the building, the weddings, memorial services, etc. It’s about going out into “the highways and the hedges and telling others the message of Christ”.
Roe said that despite the fellowship hall receiving some damage, the church has and will be holding services at that location for the foreseeable future. The church has some events scheduled for the future and will move forward as planned and they plan on rebuilding bigger and better than what they had before.
We asked Pastor Roe what his message would be to the individual responsible for the fire and this was his response.
The church has two events scheduled in the near future including a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser set for Saturday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Church and a Revival service coming up the week of March, 28th.
For more information on how you can assist in the rebuild and recovery process, call 256-613-7916.