Longview church building destroyed, spirits are not

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:09pm

LONGVIEW - A Longview church catches fire, and for now arson is not being ruled out.

It happened at 1305 Oden Street in Longview.

The church used to be called St. Mark's Missionary Church, but recently Life Source Ministries started a new place of worship there.

The pastor says the sanctuary was saved, but the building they hoped to someday turn into a place for the homeless is destroyed.

"Our goal, praised be the Lord, was to open this building up to a center where we could feed the hungry and have different ministries of the church," Pastor Pervis Johnson says.

Pastor Johnson says he doesn't think this fire will be the first in a string of fires like those in East Texas earlier this year.

He says they've had problems with people breaking into that building for the last several months.

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