East Knoxville congregation hopes to reach community through new

East Knoxville congregation hopes to reach community through new location

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The congregation at Overcoming Believers Church in East Knoxville broke ground Sunday on its first-ever permanent church building. The congregation at Overcoming Believers Church in East Knoxville broke ground Sunday on its first-ever permanent church building.
Church members were led in prayer at the new location. Church members were led in prayer at the new location.
"Finally, here's the day where we can lay our hands on the building and thank God," said Pastor Daryl Arnold of Overcoming Believers Church. "Finally, here's the day where we can lay our hands on the building and thank God," said Pastor Daryl Arnold of Overcoming Believers Church.
The congregation held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday to kick off the massive renovations on the building what will soon be their church home. The congregation held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday to kick off the massive renovations on the building what will soon be their church home.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The congregation at Overcoming Believers Church in East Knoxville broke ground Sunday on its first-ever permanent church building.

Church members say the new building will be about more than just additional space for worship services; the new location will help them better serve their community.

"Finally, here's the day where we can lay our hands on the building and thank God," said Pastor Daryl Arnold of Overcoming Believers Church.

After renting various buildings for more than ten years, OBC recently purchased a warehouse near Harriet Tubman Street.

"We believe we're right smack dab in the middle of the will of God," said Arnold.

The congregation held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday to kick off the massive renovations on the building what will soon be their church home.

Pastor Arnold also led the congregation on a prayer walk through the new property.

Located in the heart of East Knoxville, OBC has always been about reaching out to members of this community.

"We have been placed right in the inner city which is the heart of our ministry," said Arnold.

Having the larger space in this location will help further those efforts. The location will house a counseling center, a school, and a youth activity center.

"We're going to work to get them free from all types of addictions. We're going to try to get them prepared professionally to be able to work," said Arnold.

"Kids can come straight from school to the church and have tons of things to do with after school programs," he added.

The church will be open to anyone who needs their help.

"This is really not OBC's building, but this is Knoxville's building. This is Knoxville's facility because we really want it to be something this community can say belongs to us can be one of our treasures," said church member Tyvi Small.

They hope the building will become part of the East Knoxville community.

"That's important for any ministry to make sure they tear down the four walls of their ministry and really serve the community that they're a part of," said Small.

Renovations are set to be complete in the next seven to nine months.

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