Tornado Recovery Efforts in Western Kentucky Presbytery

It has been almost six months since devastating tornados ripped through communities in the Presbytery of Western Kentucky. The most serious loss was the total destruction of the First Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky shown below.

Worship leader, Commission Lay Pastor, Don Barger said it best,

“Six months later, the church continues to receive gifts to assist in constructing a new church facility, rebuilding our community, and assisting the surrounding areas also damaged by the tornado. We are not walking alone through any of this recovery process.”

The sign on the cleared property of the church today is a testament to the resilience of First Pres Mayfield and its trust in the Holy Spirit to lead them through this crisis.

In the Spirit of Matthew 25, other congregations are stepping up to help in the recovery process. Working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), First Pres Madisonville, Kentucky has established a hosting center for mission teams to stay in the area while they do work to rebuild the community. Their space is already booked for teams this summer.

PDA has funded a Long Term Recovery Coordinator in conjunction with Princeton Central Presbyterian Church to coordinate recovery activities in their community. A PC-USA sponsored video of their efforts shows their strong commitment to the recovery mission. Here’s a link:

PDA is also working with First Pres Calvert City to address the needs in Marshall County, Kentucky.

A Presbytery Tornado Recovery Team has been formed and is meeting regularly to communicate needs, share resources, and coordinate activities with PDA and other recovery agencies.

The team and all the churches in the Presbytery of Western Kentucky are committed to rebuilding our churches and communities and would welcome the support of churches and congregations throughout the Synod of Living Waters. Please contact Ralph Young ( for more information.

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