CRESTVIEW — The Rev. Darrell Coleman, pastor of Praise, Power and Compassion Ministries, says he appreciates everyone who helped make the new 16,800-square-foot church a reality.
The growing ministry required more space than its downtown house of worship provided.
During a Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony, Coleman presented First National Bank of Crestview employees with a plaque for financing the building.
He also thanked Heath Oglesby and his construction company for overseeing the 16-month process. Heath and his wife Connie's son Wyatt died in a June 2013 ATV accident.
“Even in spite of that, (Heath) was still faithful,” Coleman said. “No words can ever express how much we much we appreciate and love you guys.”
The church presented the couple with a framed memorial picture of Wyatt, whose faith inspired Coleman.
“The thing that was unique to me about Wyatt … instead of having images of Michael Jordan or Lebron James on his (bedroom) wall, he had (Bible) scriptures,” Coleman said. “That just goes to tell you about the character of that young man.”
Mayor David Cadle said he will miss having the church near city hall.
“I am going to miss our neighbors … but I don’t think you are going to be cramped in here,” Cadle said to the crowd.