Tampa Churches Lean on Their Faith to Push Through Tragedy

(Photo: WTSP)
(Photo: WTSP)

Two Bay Area churches are pressing forward after disaster struck their places of worship, forcing members to find new locations to gather.

Last month, flames destroyed the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church on N. Oregon Avenue, and just last week, a water main break caused a wall to collapse at the Underground church in St. Petersburg. However, both churches have found temporary locations and members said they are relying on their faith to get them through the difficult times.

“We know Jesus isn’t intimidated by building collapses,” said Jeremy Stephens of Underground.

Stephens said the Underground congregation is now gathering at its main headquarters in Ybor City until they can find a permanent location. “We’re going to move on from the building. We’ve put in a couple of offers,” said Stephens. “We’re looking around. We’re quickly going to find another spot.”

And like members at Underground, those at New Salem have also secured a temporary place to worship. The New Salem congregation has worked out an agreement with Mount Calvary on Tampa’s east side until the church can rebuild.

“This church and school that is here has been so gracious to help us and wanting to rent it out to us,” said Rev. Robert Carpenter II, assistant minister at New Salem.

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Emerald Morrow

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