TICONDEROGA - Time and the elements can take a toll on a building - even a church.
Such was the case for the Ticonderoga Assembly of God at 28 Water St., Ticonderoga, but no longer.
The church has been completely renovated.
The project will be dedicated Sunday, July 12, starting at 10:45 a.m. The general public is welcome to share in the celebration. A light fair picnic lunch will follow.
The Ti Assembly was founded in 1953, originally as a summer chapel but evolved into a year-round church with the growth of the area. It has endured fluctuations in membership, changes in pastors and the continued decline of the church building.
In 1999 with only a few faithful members left, Paster Nelson Waters came out of retirement and began to rehabilitate the church and breath new life into the assembly.
Waters continued to revive the church until he returned to retirement in 2003.
Pastor Eric Stokesberry has assumed that role. He is a 1996 graduate of Zion Bible College, with a baccalaureate degree in pastoral studies.
Stokesberry came to Ticonderoga in 2004 with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter. The Stokesberrys now have three children.
During his first year at the Ti Assembly of God, Stokesberry was officially voted in as pastor as he guided the Assembly to adopt articles of incorporation, constitution, and by-laws and formally vote an official board into action.
Although the Assembly was becoming more sound and evolving into a more consistent, functioning group, the church structure was still in need of repair.
"Due to the number of concerns the building had, we felt we needed to either relocate or renovate the church," Stokesberry said.
In February of 2009 during the annual business meeting the membership decided to table the decision to renovate the church.
"Shortly after the decision was made, God provided the means to renovate the building, it was a true miracle," Stokesberry said.