NEW BAPTIST CHURCH WILL JOIN NEWLY DEDICATED CATHOLIC ONE IN GRACING DESERT LANDSCAPE RELIGION: VOLUNTEER STUDENT TEAM IS BUILDING BAPTIST CHURCH IN SALINA.Two new church buildings are dotting the landscape in south-central Utah. A Faith Baptist church is being built in Salina and a Catholic church was just completed in Torrey, Wayne County.
The structure in Salina is being built by a volunteer team of students from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., as a form of missionary work, said Don Snyder, chairman of the building project.The church building will be ready for occupancy this summer. It is being constructed with donations and a small grant. Pastor is Jonathan Edwards. The group also sponsors its own school and has 14 students.
Bob Jones university is a fundamental Christian, liberal-arts university with an enrollment of 5,000 students. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and some 65 graduate majors.
The Catholic Chapel of St. Anthony of the Desert in Torrey was dedicated June 8 by the Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. The first services for the small group of church members in Wayne County were held April 20, conducted by the Rev. Clarence Sandoval, pastor of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Richfield.
The chapel was named after a fourth-century hermit who lived in a cave in the Egyptian desert. He was designated St. Anthony the Great by the Catholic Church, and is credited as one of the founders of monasticism.
Construction of the church building in Torrey started seven years ago under the direction of the Rev. Michael J. Winterer, who was pastor of the Catholic church in Richfield. One acre of property on the Sand Creek Road was initially donated by Audra Hendrickson of Bicknell, Wayne County. She and her husband, Jack, later donated another three acres.
Bishop Weigand had requested that a church be built in the area of Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey is less than five miles from the west boundary of the park.
The site was visited in 1987 by the Catholic Extension Society, an organization that funds Catholic building projects. The Diocesan Building Commission sanctioned construction at a meeting in Salt Lake City, Aug. 3, 1990, estimating the cost at about $100,000.
Construction was approved Oct. 23, 1990, followed by a ground breaking Nov. 3 that was attended by 16 members. The chapel was designed without charge by Don Coordt & Co. in San Diego, whose help was solicited by Hendrickson.