UNION, SC (WSPA) – The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vandalism at an area church.
According to a Union County Sheriff’s Office report, the vandalism happened at Welcome Baptist Church, located at 206 Nichols Ave. on July 6.
The vandalism happened at the Family Life Center behind the church.
Someone burned an upside down cross into a column, slashed marks in the siding and wrote the words “Hail Satan” on a flood board.
In reference to the “Hail Satan” wording carved into the floor, Care and Mission Director at Welcome Baptist Church David Berry said that “took time.”
“You could see where they sat there and wrote it,” Berry said. “And they took time to burn the pole.”
The church uses the building as its Fellowships Hall, as well as houses an addiction recovery group on Friday nights.
According to the sheriff’s office, $600 worth of damage was done between burns on the column, damage to a vent and slashes on the building’s siding and floorboards.
“Do I get angry? I haven’t had that response,” Berry said. “We’re broken-hearted that somebody would do that to the church.”
A person cleaning the church found the marks on Monday.
A hose was also found running with water behind the building Saturday night as well. No one had walked around to the front of the building then, but the paster told us that it’s possible the vandal or vandals left the hose out of meanness.
At this time, there’s no clear timeline of when the vandalism took place.
Berry said some people in the congregation are asking why this incident took place.
“Probably the most that we’ve seen is people just hurt,” he said. “And people upset.”
Berry said he’ll be sticking to his faith and turning the other cheek following the vandalism.
“I hope we’ll love people even more now because our community’s, you know, all around us right here,” he said. “It’s inundated with people that’s you know made bad choices or didn’t have a good start. And that’s our job as a church, to love them.”
There are security cameras on the church and the sheriff’s office is currently reviewing the footage.