By Ashley McCleery

The North Jefferson News

Members of Landmark Lighthouse Assembly of God picked up their shovels on Sunday afternoon and broke ground at the site of their planned new church building on U.S. 31 in Gardendale.

“We’ve been waiting on this for three years,” pastor Barbara Trussell said. “This was exciting because we feel like it’s the fulfillment of the vision we saw three years ago.”

Fifty people, including Assemblies of God superintendent Billy Glover and Gardendale Mayor Kenny Clemons, participated in the ceremony, celebrating the beginning of construction.

For more than 48 years, Landmark Lighthouse Assembly of God has been holding services in their church on Mt. Olive Road. Several years ago, however, the congregation began growing, which made the church think about buying a larger building.

But Trussell said the Lord stepped in before they could make a decision. Since the Gardendale Medical Center bought the property next to the church, they also wanted the land adjacent to their medical center to build a new medical complex.

So, the medical center negotiated with Landmark Lighthouse. In order to buy the land from the church, the medical center agreed to build a new church at a site less than a mile away from their current location.

And on Sunday, the church was able to visually see how the Lord provided through Gardendale Medical Center as they officially broke the ground of the new church building.

“Everything has been a miracle because the church had gone way down and now it’s been built back up. It’s the hand of the Lord,” Trussell said.

Construction on the church began this week, and it will be completed in six to nine months. The new facility includes a children’s church area, youth rooms, Sunday school classrooms and a sanctuary that seats 250 people.

Watching this miracle Trussell said Psalm 271: 1 still rings true. It states, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”

Trussell said the members at Landmark Lighthouse Assemblies of God are clinging to God’s promises as they watch their new church being built.

“When everyone picked up the shovels and broke ground, I knew we were going to continue to move forward — that’s our goal.”

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