Demolition begins on Temperance church destroyed in fire

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (13abc Action News) - Demolition on a Temperance church that was destroyed in a fire earlier this year got underway Monday.

Members of BridgePoint Church stood by and watched as construction crews with Homrich Inc. began to knock down what is left of the building.

"I just wanted to see that first piece come down and just see what was happening," said Steffanie Killinen.

Killinen has been a member of BridgePoint church since 2005 and her husband, Craig, is the lead pastor.

"We kind of have been in a stand still and just waiting for the next step," said Killinen. "This is just a new start."

A fire tore through BridgePoint Church on March 4th, destroying the building and conjoined school. Firefighters from 12 departments responded to the blaze. No one was inside the building at the time and investigators ruled out any foul play, listing the cause as undetermined.

Since the fire, the congregation has been meeting at Bedford High School. The preschool progam, "Love-N-Care" has been moved to Smith Road Elementary, along with the church office.

BridgePoint Church has been located at the corner of Erie and Lewis since 1969. Church leaders tell 13abc they plan to rebuild in the same location.

"We want a building that is going to help us minister to our community," said Mica Estep, worship pastor. "We want a building not just for us on a Sunday, but something that is going to be used and useful for our community."

Demolition is expected to take up to three weeks. Estep said they are still in the early stages of designing a new building. They hope to break ground on a news church by next spring.

"There have been great memories in this building, but we are just looking forward to what God is going to do in the future."