NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There was reason for celebration at Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church as the congregation consecrated its new worship facility.
The church has been a part of the North Nashville community for 100 years, but they needed a new building.
The church looked at opportunities to build elsewhere in the city, but the members wanted to stay in the North Nashville area.
After decades of fundraising, Sunday they showed off their new $3.5 million facility that will be a reinvestment in the community.
“The entire building is new. The new fellowship hall, the first aid room, the sanctuary, it's powerful,” said Katherine Y. Brown, of Lee Chapel AME Church. “You see all these expressions of emotions and tears right now because the community has done this. This is a community coming together, united, to show something powerful that can be done, so it's a new age, new time, but the same history.”
The church has been excited to expand a lot of their current services for the community, including Meals on Wheels, a health ministry, and learning center.