CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Demolition began on Wednesday to the Juniper Baptist Church in Conway that has been around since the 1930s.
The church voted it best to be torn down due to the old age of the building, inadequate repairs and water damage over the years.
This decision leaves a bittersweet feeling for people in the congregation, as the church was first a school house that served the Horry County area.
"I live in front of it so when I look outside I see the church, when the bad weather's coming I look at the church, um... I'm sad to see the building have to go away, but I'm excited to see a new and beautiful building coming," church member Gail Lilly Todd said.
For the past 16 months, the church has held services in their Family Life Center right next door.
During that time, the building committee submitted the building and demolition permit and waited for approval from Horry County.
"So we're trying to blend in some of the old in with the new, for memory wise," building committee chairman Pat Edwards said.
Along with the brand new building, which is estimated to be completed by Spring 2017, will come more people.
"Changing lives, changing families, changing communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ then what we're going to do, we're going to be able to send people out from there, not only in our community, we do that now, but but it's going to give us a greater sending capacity to be able to do that," Reverend James Way explained.