Community Primitive Baptist Church works to recover after vandalization


BIRMINGHAM Ala. (WIAT) — The Community Primitive Baptist Church is working to pick up the pieces after it was vandalized Wednesday night.

Pews lifted, stained glass broken into, and many of the congregations’ prized possessions left destroyed, its left many reeling. Deacon Ernice Phillips says he couldn’t believe someone would do this to their community. Nearby neighbors alerted Phillips that someone was making noise in the church with their lights on.

“I ask myself what person would want to do this in the Lord’s house this is where we come and praise him to uplift his holy name,” said Ernice Phillips, Church Deacon.

The congregation is looking at partnering with its sister church to hold service. Birmingham Police are investigating the incident and so far have no leads. This is disturbing to many including one church member who wished to remain anonymous.

“We are a small church and most of us have strong roots and ties into our church. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. We never thought this would have happened,” said the church member.

Despite this tragedy, church leaders say they will overcome this.

“That motivates us to be more than what we were, you know with the help of God he will lead us anywhere we want to go,” said Phillips.

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