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         Castor Baptist Church

History

In 1945 another small addition was made to the southwest corner of the building, serving to complete the rectangle of the auditorium and to supply space for another Sunday School room.

In 1952 a new cinder block building was erected and the old building removed.wpe7.jpg (8810 bytes) John Reese Smart, Jr. and Calvin Jones made generous donations of labor and talent during this building program.  In 1967 this building was improved by veneering the front with brick and making necessary changes to enhance the beauty of the place of worship. 

Then in 1968 the spacious fellowship hall was constructed and has proven useful and adequate until this day.  The church was air conditioned in 1969. 

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Sunday, June 13, 1971, at approximately 12:30 a.m. it was discovered that the main building was on fire.  Pastor B. G. Dyess and the church members had just finished the annual Vacation Bible School.  Many projects were completed by the VBS students and workers in preparation for the closing ceremonies which would be held on Sunday night, June 13th. 

 

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As the alarm went out, many community members rushed to the church to try to help save it.  By the time the Leesville Fire Department arrived the fire in the Sanctuary Building was completely out of control.  The firemen and community members concentrated on saving the Fellowship Hall and its contents.  The fire department used 500 gallon of water (that's all they had) to save the Fellowship Hall as community members moved everything possible out of it.  The fire bent the spirit  of the church, but not for long.  Very early the next morning church members were sweeping water out of the Fellowship Hall and preparing it for the 10 a.m. church service.   Because of the spiritual guidance of Rev. B. G. Dyess the church grew stronger in the wake of this disaster. 

After due and very prayerful consideration led by Rev. Dyess, the church decided to build educational rooms onto the back of the Fellowship Hall and to build a new Sanctuary Building.  Construction for the new building started in the Fall/Winter, 1971.   The new building was completed in the Spring of 1972.  wpeE.jpg (6712 bytes)

The Fellowship Hall had been used as the Sanctuary during the completion of the new building.  Mr. Bert and Mrs. Mable Bray donated a new organ to the Church for the new Sanctuary.  Dedication of the new Sanctuary was November 30, 1972.  Everyone was invited to come and bring a basket lunch for fellowship.

A third building was added in 1973.  It contains a sizable assembly room, pastor's study, small church office, a room for literature and supplies, two rest rooms and six spacious classrooms.  It was carpeted throughout and comfortably furnished.

The church has been in continuous operation since that time.