Skyline changes as 92-foot church steeple goes in for year-long repair

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — Brentwood United Methodist Church despatched its 46-12 months-previous steeple in for repairs through the final week of July, transforming the skyline on Franklin Street for a calendar year.

“Absolutely nothing lasts for good,” described 43-12 months church member Tom Blose. “Every thing requires to be rehabbed at some place in time and we essentially did rehab in 2009, but it was all inside and finished on web-site. This time the steeple is gonna be shipped off and absolutely rebuilt.”

He and his spouse elevated their kids at the church and their kids are executing the same.

“When we first joined, we had 1,600 associates in 1979,” Blose claimed. “Now we have 8,500 customers, so we have viewed a great deal of development.”

In 2010, he said he fell into a “church challenge” and though he does not have an official title, he may have earned one particular.

“I’m type of the unofficial church historian and archivist,” he stated.


Claire Kopsky

Brentwood United Methodist Church 43-calendar year member Tom Blose led the archiving venture at his church for several years, piecing together a complete story of his church’s background.

Blose stated he and a few other volunteers archived about 70 packing containers of material that pieced together the historical past of the church.

“The to start with church blew away in a windstorm and they rebuilt. The second church burned rebuilt. The 3rd church was got much too tiny, and [then] we moved [here].”

His team’s analysis chronicled stories that experienced been minor recognised in recent many years.

“Lightning strike the steeple and burned down in 1934 and the church was rebuilt in 1936 on the very same basis,” he pointed out. “That was the church ahead of we moved to our present site on Franklin Street.”


Claire Kopsky

The church’s to start with location had a steeple, the second did not and the 3rd and latest area did not have a steeple for its initially couple decades.

He discussed that at the time the current church campus was constructed, there wasn’t plenty of funds in the spending plan for a steeple. The steeple that the local community has occur to know on Franklin Road came four decades later in 1976.

For 46 yrs, the steeple stood large higher than its church, boasting a 16-foot cross on the top.

“The steeple has speakers in it so it doesn’t have bells,” Blose said. “So each the moment in a when in the course of the working day, you can hear hymns play.”

Individuals hymns are recognised to draw a crowd in the church’s parking good deal when they seem during lunch hour each individual day.


Claire Kopsky

All through the last 7 days of July, the company that initial installed Brentwood United Methodist Church’s steeple came back again to get it down to restore it.

Like all constructions, the steeple desired repairs and Blose explained, “It went up into two parts, probably gonna appear down to two items.”

It did come down in many parts all through the last week of July and was taken to its initial steeple-makers in Kentucky.

“When you go close to, particularly about the southeast, you are going to glance at every single steeple, it is Campbellsville Industries,” he spelled out.

The job is a refresh for the church topper that Blose claimed he hopes will usher in the subsequent era.

“We contemplate the steeple, and steeples all across the country and across the entire world where by to place folks to God,” Blose mentioned. “So it is really a extremely powerful image of that and that’s what we are listed here for, we’re below to unite men and women in God.”