Tuscaloosa church destroyed in 2011 tornado being rebuilt

Tuscaloosa church destroyed in 2011 tornado being rebuilt
Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - One of the churches destroyed by Tuscaloosa's April 27, 2011 tornado is officially on schedule to be rebuilt.

Nearly 100 people gathered for a ceremony 5 years in the making.

They met at the site of the new College Hill Baptist Church on 24th Avenue East.

Dr. Kelvin Croom, his mother, church members, and several Tuscaloosa community leaders participated in the church's ceremonial groundbreaking.

Croom said they had to operate on "God's time."

The congregation has been worshiping in vacant space in other churches.

They now have the money and the planning in place for a new church building.

Phase one of College Hill Baptist church's return will be the Rev. Sylvester Croom Worship Center.

"Well it's the last piece of the puzzle. We look forward to getting back to Alberta and working with the other pastors and churches. We have a great relationship with the community," Dr. Croom said.

The worship center will be 3,600 square feet and hold up to 140 people.

Croom hopes the church will be finished before the end of 2016.

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