Barbourville chapel relocating to new home

Scott Phipps, outside the Old Barbourville Chapel, said he is excited to restore the building.
Scott Phipps, outside the Old Barbourville Chapel, said he is excited to restore the building.

The ‘Old Barbourville Chapel’ that sits beside Barbourville Water park will soon be moved to a new permanent home. The chapel was surplussed by the town at the last council meeting and Scott Phipps, pastor of North Main Community Church, bought the chapel through a sealed bid. Phipps says he and his church plan to move the chapel to the Forerunners for Christ Camp in Girdler.

Forerunners Camp sits on 103 acres of land and is ran by the North Maine Church. The camp is free and open the public school children for weekends during the school year.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” said Phipps, “A lot of members volunteer at the camp and Force Products donated all of the wood to build the camp, and they may end up helping with the move of the chapel.”

The chapel will be used as it was intended when it was built in 1801.

“We’re going to preserve it,” said Phipps, “We’re going to use it for church services, baptisms and as a classroom.”