Salado Church is rebuilt after the EF-3 tornado


There is a benefit concert this month to help First Cedar Valley Baptist Church resurrect their building along FM 2843.

SALADO, Texas – It’s been nearly two months since a tornado wreaked havoc just outside Salado.

Homes and two churches were destroyed, but reconstruction has begun, including at the First Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

Pastor Donnie Jackson gave 6 News a tour as construction of the original slab began.

He said it would look great on the outside, but there would be changes and improvements.

One of the biggest changes is that church leaders decided to add a few feet to the original slab.

“We felt like the Lord was going to bless us a lot more after all with more people and He already has,” Jackson explained of the reason for expanding the walls.

He said since the tornado hit in April, his congregation has grown.

Although they didn’t have a permanent building to gather for the service, they did it anyway. The first service after the tornado was on Easter Sunday. Members and newcomers met on the slab.

Services have also been held in a tent and more recently in a portable building.

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Jackson said faith and people are what keep the church strong.

“Even on the day of all the devastation I knew God had a purpose to allow this to happen and I think we will see that purpose,” he said. “We already see this target and I think we will reach more people than ever before.”

The only problem with rebuilding, especially after a natural disaster, is that there is unexpected money to be spent. It is even more expensive with the inflation that is rampant in the country.

“It’s going to cost more than twice what it was a year and a half ago, maybe two years at most,” Jackson said.

He says it wasn’t part of the summer plans, the budget and it’s exactly the best time, but it’s happening right now for a reason.

“When the hand of God is in it, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “When he wants you to do it, you do it and he provides it.”

He says people lent a hand during the construction of the walls, including a group wanting to hold a benefit concert with all proceeds and donations going towards rebuilding the First Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you there!!

Posted by First Cedar Valley Baptist Church on Sunday, May 22, 2022

The concert will take place on Friday, June 17 at Crossroads Church in Belton.

The Erwins will be on stage. They are Grammy nominated, award winning band from Texas. They are also lifelong friends and family members of First Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

Jackson hopes to begin services in the resurrected building in 6 months, depending on supply chain and weather.


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