Pastor ‘going through hell’ as scrap metal thieves target church

| November 6, 2011

EAST SPENCER — The newly installed air conditioning units outside Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Church had been used less than 20 hours.

But the barbed wire, metal cages and locked electricity units didn’t stop thieves from gutting units the Rev. John Jones had just installed.

“We ain’t got nothing back here but weeds now,” Jones said.

Jones, pastor of United Baptist Church in Kannapolis, has been overseeing the construction of Guiding Light Missionary Baptist for the past seven years.

The 77-year-old Jones said the facility, which is on Boundary Street in East Spencer, will serve as a central point for six churches.

Jones said the facility will likely hold other community events, including birthday parties and a gathering point for local residents.

But Jones said he’s “been going through hell” to finish the building, fighting construction issues and — more recently — theft.

“I did all I could do to keep them from getting the units,” Jones said.–John-Jones-going-through-hell-with-thieves-qcd

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