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image Thanks to NTRCA member donations of money, materials and labor, the church had a new roof in time for Christmas.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – After years of tragedy and sadness, a local church is looking forward not just to this new year, but many more, thanks to some generous North Texas roofers. Members and staff of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) removed and installed a new roof on Fort Worth’s Greater Progressive Church of God in Christ as its 2016 Community Service Project.

    The church fell on hard times in the past few years, beginning when Navy veteran Dr. J.L. Johnson, the church’s pastor for 57 years, experienced a series of devastating blows. Pastor Johnson’s wife Alma was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, and was left bedridden from a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Her life was claimed shortly afterward by a house fire, which left her with third degree burns over 90% of her body. After her death, Johnson struggled with both prolonged depression and financial hardships, culminating in a debilitating stroke in 2013. In the wake of these events, members began leaving the church, and when the building’s roof began to leak, the church could not afford to repair it.
    Upon learning of Pastor Johnson and the church’s struggle, NTRCA members and staff teamed up to adopt the project, gathering member donations of materials, money and labor. The team worked quickly to ensure that the congregation could celebrate in time for Christmas services.
    With the church restored, the now 91-year-old Pastor Johnson and the congregation are excited that years of services can be hosted. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net