By Christie McNeal/NEMS Daily Journal
When Kingsley Chapel Baptist Church burned in January 2001, Bro. Horace Barnes and his congregation didn’t waste any time. They had run out of parking space at their current location and already owned 40 acres of property nearby with the intention of building a new church sometime in the future.
“It was a vision of mine and Marty’s for years,” Barnes said, speaking of the church moderator and treasurer Marty Rock.
The new church took three years to build and was done entirely by the members.
Bro. Barnes has been the pastor with the same group for 22 years and has been the pastor at the now Living Water Community Church since it was established in 2004.
He said the church is blessed with four ordained preachers that take turns teaching on Wednesday nights.
“There’s not a shortage of preachers around here, that’s for sure,” he said.
Bro. Barnes said the church strives to make all feel welcome because he feels that will make people want to come back.
“The doors are open to anyone. I think they would find one of the lovingest bunch of people,” he said.
The church also holds a court-recognized meeting three times per week for those struggling with addiction.
“We have members from all backgrounds – everyone worships in their own way. I believe the Lord loves people in all denominations.”
Bro. Horace Barnes
• Denomination: non-denominational
• Pastor: Bro. Horace Barnes
• Established: First service held at new building in December 2004
• Average attendance: 150
• Worship style: traditional
• Worship days:
10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship service (separate youth service); 5:30 p.m. Sunday night service
7 p.m. worship service
• Address: 139 County Road 1554, Mooreville, 38857
• Phone: (662) 844-7878
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