Nearly three years after Hurricane Harvey destroyed their old building, members at Church Unlimited (CU) – Rockport were finally able to open the doors to a brand new building Sunday, July 12. The church held its first in-house services since Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, the Sunday before the arrival of Harvey.
Construction on the building began in November 2019 and finished in June 2020. Due to COVID-19, among other reasons, CU delayed its first in-house service until Sunday, July 12.
Over the last two years and 11 months, CU - Rockport continued to hold services in various locations. They first began outdoor services in tents in the parking lot of their old church building. They then made temporary stays at the Woman’s Club of Aransas County and the formerly-known Rockport Fitness location for indoor services.
Pastor Nick Indridson became the head pastor at CU – Rockport shortly after Harvey. Indridson had been working with CU in its prison ministry when Harvey hit and volunteered to help clean up following Harvey.
After getting involved with the community for some time, the CU – Rockport campus pastor position opened up. Indridson threw his name in the hat and was hired.
Indridson said the members of the Rockport-Fulton community continued to rally behind the church and were rewarded in faith to see the brand new building go up and come back home.
“It feels amazing to be in our own house,” said Indridson. “It’s been amazing to see the resilience of our people. To continue to attend service online, to continue to believe God was going to come through and this day is a culmination of the last three years since Harvey. Our faith in God has been proven true and … I’m beyond words.”
While the challenge of not having an actual campus for nearly three years was tough, Indridson said the volunteers and members of CU – Rockport continued to remain faithful and it meant everything to him.
“They stayed faithful when we were meeting in a tent on our parking lot, they stayed faithful through multiple moves, multiple times our building got pushed back, and they just continued to trust and have faith and I am always beyond blown away by how they treat me and their faith in God,” said Indridson.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Indridson said he wasn’t sure how many people would come for the first day of in-house services.
“Right now during this COVID-19 thing, we just didn’t know who was going to feel comfortable coming out,” said Indridson.
However, Indridson said the reception was amazing and welcomed more than 400 guests, volunteers, and members to their two morning services.
CU Lead Pastor Bil Cornelius, from the CU main campus in Corpus Christi, also gave a live shout out to the CU – Rockport campus for holding its first in-house services in their brand new home before beginning his sermon.