Beulah Association buys Coke building for new ministry center
    July 29 2008 by By Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

    BSC photo by Mike Creswell

    Danny Glover, associational missionary for the Beulah Baptist Association, stands in front of the building that the association will use as a ministry center.

    ROXBORO - A former Coca-Cola bottling plant will become a new ministry center for Beulah Baptist Association once renovations are complete.

    The association bought the 9,700- sq.-ft., three-floor building July 3 for $150,000, and leaders hope to begin using the facility for associational office operations by late August, said Danny Glover, missions director for the association.

    The building will play an integral part in the association's plans to boost the ability of association churches to do ministry and outreach across Person, Caswell and northern Orange counties. For example, "We want to use this building as a pickup point for our disaster relief trailer just being completed and for our community events/block party trailer that we hope to have completed soon," said Glover.

    "There's the possibility of using space here for a Christmas toy store for the community and for a job corps training center. We hope to work in partnership with a Christian help center in Roxboro that distributes clothes, food and financial resources," he said, adding that the building will allow off-season storage of materials. "We may set up an additional food distribution center here," he said.

    "We have a lot of plans for the place but we're just getting started. We want to do some things to help the community. Part of the reason Coca-Cola ended up selling to us was because we're going to help the community. They discounted the price because we're going to help the community," he said.

    The Coke building is a perfect location for such work, because it sits at the intersection of Morgan and Long streets in central Roxboro, just two blocks off Highway 501. It is near the Person County office building and across the street from a county parking lot and a city park with playgrounds. "We're at a great place," Glover said.

    The association has already obtained a building use permit from the city government, and Glover said city officials were enthusiastic about plans for the helping ministries to be put into motion.

    Relatively minor renovations will be required to get the building into useable condition, he said. Associational leaders have been meeting with contractors to get the heating/air conditioning and electrical system up to standards.

    New windows and general refurbishment will be needed, but contractors have said the building is structurally sound. The building has spacious warehouse storage areas, three loading docks and parking for around 75 cars, Glover said.

    The front part of the building was built in 1935; the back part was constructed in 1953. Coca-Cola's distinctive logo is set in stone on the front of the building. Coca-Cola officials made only one stipulation in the transaction: "The Coke logo will remain on the front of the building, or if we ever sell the building, Coca-Cola will get to remove and keep the historic Coke sign," Glover said.

    The Coca-Cola company moved its main bottling and distribution work to Durham many years ago; in recent years the Roxboro building has been used only on a limited basis for storing equipment.

    Expanded ministries and the building will be a big commitment for Beulah Baptist Association, which until now has had only a small office on West Main Street. Glover is a part-time, bivocational director of missions. The association is made up of 34 churches, though in July Beulah's executive board accepted a new church, Covenant Reformed Church in Yanceyville, under watchcare for a year, pending full membership.

    7/29/2008 8:52:00 AM by By Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

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