Dresden Church Returns to Empty Church Ground for Easter Tradition | News

DRESDEN, TN — As the sun rose in Dresden, Tennessee, on Easter morning, the hopes of members of the Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian Church also rose.

The church was recently demolished after the December 10 tornadoes.

The morning is colder and wetter than expected, but members of Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian Church still turn up for the annual Easter sunrise service which has been a tradition for years.

Mark Maddox, acting pastor, says it looks a little different this year.

“We may have more instruments or more songs, but no less spirit than what was here today. It was actually a really good day for us,” Maddox says.

And the day is filled with mixed emotions.


“There’s a certain sense of sadness, but more than anything else, joy at the resurrection of our lord, plus the anticipation of what’s going to happen here once this building is rebuilt,” says Maddox.

The Easter message was particularly relevant.

Maddox described the service as a source of renewal.

“I think, if anything, it boosted our hope. It renewed our sense that this is the place God wants us to serve,” Maddox says.


And the reconstruction is already underway.

“We have a builder, let me put it that way. And I think some of the older members already have a plan since one of them went to draw a plan on Sunday after Friday’s tornado,” Maddox said.

Construction is expected to begin within the next 30 days.

They don’t when it’s scheduled to be completed.


Dresden Cumberland Presbyterian is currently serving at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church along the Paris Autoroute.

They say the services there were wonderful, but they are looking forward to returning to their home church.

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