A congregation that helped tornado victims in Ringgold decides to move closer to the people that they helped.
This after an E-F-4 tornado tore through the small town, demolishing everything in its path on April 27th of 2011.
Since then, you've seen the community come together in remarkable ways in hopes to make recovery a bit easier. The members of Origin Church have been a part of that every step of the way.
Although it's been more than two years, the town is still being put together one piece at a time.
Songs of worship and praise filled Origin Church in downtown Ringgold Sunday morning.
But things didn't look like it does now two and a half years ago. More than half of businesses were destroyed. Including the church now called home by Senior Pastor Shane Craven.
"As I rode around the city, it was pretty devastated on the roof and the back. This was already an old building that was sitting vacant so it suffered even more. As you rode down Nashville Street, it was pretty difficult," says Craven.
Origin Church helped donate more than 1 million dollars of supplies to families in need after that. That's when they decided to relocate to downtown Ringgold to plant a permanent church in a grief stricken community.
It took those two years to fully renovate and fix what the tornado left behind.
"We had a guy stop in and say hey, I think I'm suppose to tile those bathrooms. So it's been one thing after another like that. People donating carpet. So I feel like maybe after we've given, others have seen that and given back," says Craven.
Craven says the next step is to hopefully purchase the building from the land owner.By Alyssa Spirato