By Kyle Lovern
NOLAN – A labor of faith and love has come to fruition as the Nolan Freewill Baptist Church christened their new Christian school building on Sunday, August 3, as part of the church’s annual homecoming services.
The school is entering its fifth year and classes had been held in the auxiliary building, which served as the church for many years, until the newer church house of worship was built.
The new school building was built primarily by volunteers, on the same site as the old Nolan Grade School.
“This school was designed as a traditional school with traditional values,” said assistant pastor Earl White. “The Lord helped with this process – from digging and pouring the footers for a strong foundation – to having equipment donated during the entire process.”
“When we needed something, God’s people gave and paved the way,” White added.
He said even when the church had to pay for some of the labor, that they got it at a reduced price. There was a building fund to start, but it was not enough. However, continued church offerings help pay for the supplies and work.
The first day in the new school building will be August 14, according to White.
Nolan Christian Academy can serve 60 students. They currently have about 40 enrolled.
The architect of the building, Bryson Vannorstrand of Buckhannon, West Virginia, also attended the dedication. He was very helpful during the entire process, White said.
Longtime Nolan Freewill Baptist Pastor Ray Taylor had a prayer of dedication on the front steps of the building after Sunday’s services were over. He was surrounded by many of the students, church members and volunteers who gathered on the porch and steps of the beautiful new building.
The school bell, which was originally housed in the old Nolan Grade School building, rang out after the official dedication. The bell was donated to the Christian school by Polly Jane (Chapman) Davis, whose family was affiliated with the original school for many years.
The new structure is a modern facility and has met all of the state codes for a school building. It is equipped with the internet, computers, a library and fire escape exits in all the rooms.
The church and its members are very proud of the new school building. They hope that it continues to educate children for many years.
If you are interested in enrolling a child please call 304-235-2919.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)