7 years after Katrina, Biloxi church rebuilds

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Methodist church destroyed by Hurricane Katrina nearly seven years ago is holding a groundbreaking for a new sanctuary and fellowship hall.

The Sun Herald reports that the Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church in Biloxi held a groundbreaking this weekend.

The church lost three-quarters of its buildings in 2005 when Katrina struck. Since the storm, the congregation has worshipped in the Sunday School rooms and education building.

The church was founded in 1955 with Frank M. Casey as the first pastor. It was named in memory of J.T. Leggett, a presiding elder in the regional conference.

The Rev. Rachel Benefield-Pfaff says the congregation may able to move into the new sanctuary in about six months.

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