In August 2013, First Nazarene's main building including our sanctuary and children's and adult classrooms was destroyed by fire during a lightning storm. Since then, we have been working to rebuild.

We currently worship in our Family Life Center which was quickly converted into a fantastic multi-use space.

The new Educational Building is now complete, and nurseries, adult and children's Sunday school, and children's church are all being held in the new spaces. There are still furnishings that will be done in parts of the building as well as landscaping. The sanctuary will be built in the second phase.

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Educational Building Dedication Video:
Video produced for the dedication of Jasper First Nazarene's new Educational Building. This building is built in place of one destroyed by fire on August 9, 2013. The dedication service was held on October 25, 2015.

August 26 view of the recently opened Educational Building at JFN. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

August 26 view of the recently opened Educational Building at JFN. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

August 9, 2015

Nurseries, children's Sunday school, and adult Sunday school classes are all held in new Educational Building for first time.

This also marks the two-year anniversary of the main building fire.

1: One of three nurseries
2: One of seven children's classrooms

July 9, 2015


June 27, 2015

1: Common Area (looking toward front doors)
2: Kitchen
3: Fellowship Hall/ Adult Classrooms connected to kitchen

June 17, 2015


May 18, 2015


April 22, 2015

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

March 16, 2015

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

February 18, 2015

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

January 13, 2015

Bricking continues on the Phase 1 building project. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

Bricking continues on the Phase 1 building project. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

December 17, 2014

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

December 14, 2014

Board members gave the church a guided tour of the Phase 1 project. Currently, the estimated move-in date is May 2015.

1: Drawing of Common Area as viewed from FLC-side entrance. (IDC, Inc.)
2: Current progress of Common Area as viewed from front entrance.
3: Drawing of children's check-in area. (IDC, Inc.)
4: Drawing of children's worship center. (IDC, Inc.)
5: Drawing of Worship Center (Phase 2). (IDC, Inc.)

October 13, 2014

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

September 11, 2014

Structural steel placement begins. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

August 8, 2014

The foundation for Phase 1 is poured over several days. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

May 26, 2014

Site preparation begins. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

May 4, 2014

(Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

More than 270 people attended a special service Sunday morning to celebrate the rebirth of a Jasper church destroyed by fire nine months ago.

Members of Jasper First Church of the Nazarene were joined by several guests invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church. 

“It’s been a long road,” he said. “It’s been a road that has made us question ‘Why?’ and asking God ‘What is your plan now?’”

February 9, 2014

Plans for a new building were announced February 9, 2014. (IDC, Inc.)

September 16, 2013

Demolition of the burned structure began on Monday, September 16, 2013. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

September 1, 2013

View of JFN's main building on September 1st. (Jeremy Hagood/ JFN)

August 28, 2013

It's been nearly three weeks since a lightning strike sparked a fire that devastated the Jasper First Church of the Nazarene.

"You're initial reaction is to go into the building," Pastor Jeremy Pass said. "To unlock the door, to go in and to put it out."

That's what Pass wanted to do the night of Aug. 9, when 90 percent of the church burned. It's still hard but the congregation and Pass are focusing on the positive.

"People still, they drive by and there are still mixed emotions. You still cry, you still get angry. But you look at it and think, "That's a building.' We're alive, God's alive and He's not finished with us," Pass said.

Pass says that they have actually had more families join them after the fire and the congregation is growing.

August 12, 2013

The major fire that destroyed portions of the First Church of the Nazarene in Jasper Friday evening was caused by lightning, according to investigators.

The Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Jasper Fire Department conducted eyewitness interviews, as well as inspected the aftermath of the scene.

They say lightning struck the back of the building where the main fuse boxes were located.

Firefighters spent 14 hours putting out the fire Friday night into Saturday morning.

August 11, 2013

Friday's fire didn't stop the church from carrying out their Sunday services. The family life center next door was untouched by the fire. Jasper First Nazarene has moved all their activities there for now.

"The church is not the sanctuary, the church is the people," said Pass.

Jasper First Nazarene will have to start the rebuilding process from scratch. This is expected to take at least a year.

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August 10, 2013

Church members gather to prepare for service in the Family Life Center.

August 9, 2013

A fire, that may have been caused by lightning, destroyed Jasper’s First Church of the Nazarene Friday night. Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 7 p.m. to the church, which was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Church officials posted on the Jasper First Nazarene’s Facebook page late Friday that services will be held Sunday in the Family Life Center adjacent to the church. 

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Fire breaks out at Jasper First Nazarene. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after lightning first struck the building. (Jeremy Hagood)

Fire breaks out at Jasper First Nazarene. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after lightning first struck the building. (Jeremy Hagood)