PBS – Church Relocation

  Pastor Jerel Keene of Louisiana Church in Abita Springs, Louisiana needed a permanent church building for his Southern Baptist congregation. The search led him all the way to rural Nova Scotia to a 200-year-old Anglican church whose dwindling number of parishioners had put it up for sale. The church was disassembled and shipped over 2,000 miles, and now it is being rebuilt by Keene’s congregation under the guidance of a timber frame specialist. read more    ...

CBC – All Saints Anglican Church resurrected in Louisiana

On a quiet street corner in a small Louisiana town, a large piece of Nova Scotia dominates the landscape. It’s a church. For the first 200 years of its existence, it was the All Saints Anglican Church of Granville Centre in the Annapolis Valley. Now it’s Louisiana Church in Abita Springs. The move, and the resurrection of the church, started with the vision of one man: Reverend Jerel Keene. “As soon as I saw it and saw the ‘1814’ on the cornerstone and the area that it came from, which was Nova Scotia … I made a connection immediately,” Keene said last week on the doorstep of his church. Keene envisioned moving the building intact to Louisiana, a grand gesture which he said would have attracted a lot of attention to both the building and his ministry. read more...

NOLA.com – Historic, 200-year-old church rises in Abita Springs

At Christmas time last year, a flatbed trailer rolled into western St. Tammany Parish carrying the past of Nova Scotia and the future of the Louisiana Church of Abita Springs. Aboard the trailer was a 200-year-old sanctuary – in hundreds of pieces. For the past year, members of the Baptist congregation have labored to put the church back together so that it could become their new house of worship. They have done so in meticulous, time-consuming fashion so as not to damage a religious relic whose massive wooden beams are now believed to have been part of a 1700s French fort before they were used to stabilize the church in Nova Scotia.  read...