THOMASVILLE — The former First Missionary Baptist Church parsonage is destined for a new purpose.

Built in 1905, the plan for the two-story structure is for it to house the church’s outreach ministry. Functions to be housed at Mission House will be the church’s Backpack Buddies program, the Stork’s Nest for young mothers and their children and as an emergency shelter, particularly during winter months.

Needs include replacing the roof, repairing siding, installing air-conditioning on the second floor and making restrooms handicap-compliant.

The primary investment in the house has been made by the church, said the Rev. Jeremy Rich, First Missionary Baptist pastor, including termite protection.

Carpet was removed, and interior walls were painted. New joists were installed under the kitchen.

“We’ve done a lot of cleaning and a lot of painting so far,” Rich said. “The bones of the structure are good, The structure is good.”

An event to raise funding for Mission House is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church Dr. I.L. Mullins fellowship hall, 110 W. Calhoun St.

Rich’s nature photography will be displayed at a silent auction. 

“Sunsets, botanical gardens, seascapes, nature at its best,” he said.

All proceeds from the auction will go to Mission House, which Thomasville Landmarks recognized in 2018 for repurposing an old structure.

Hands On Thomas County volunteers have worked weekends at the house. 

Tax-deductible donations may be made by check payable to First Missionary Baptist Church. Donations also may be made to the project’s donation social media platform at givlify.

“This is 3,200 square feet where ministries can be carried out to the most vulnerable of our society,” Rich said. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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