Church pastor inspects vandal damage for the first time

CROSS, SC (WCSC) - On the house of the lord, the mark of evil is spray painted on the doors, the front of the building and both sides of the front sign.

"It doesn't mean anything to me. That is 666 is the designation given to the devil but, the devil is on the outside not inside. It's just unfortunate that they felt the need spray paint a church like that," said Reverend James Breaux of Immanuel Reformed Episcopal church.

Breaux was out of town, when the drawings were made. Church member Timothy Ravenell was the first person to discover the damage on Sunday morning before the service.

"When I saw it I just couldn't believe it. It was total shock that someone would come and desecrate the building of God," said Ravenell.

He adds the church has been in the community for more than 100 years. Currently about 70 people attend church here and nothing like this has ever happened before in the church's history.

"I don't know if they did it for a kick or hatred or whatever the case may be, but I was just shocked that people would do something is a small community like this," said Ravenell.

Church members said a man just driving by stopped and offered his painting services for free for the church, however it will cost $1,000 for the sign to be replaced.

Bible study and other church services will continue while repairs are made. Berkeley County Sheriffs Deputies gave a Ravenell a total damage estimate of about $3,000.

"You know the church is here to help the community and pretty much build our spirits. To see something like that put on the church it really downs you and you question what the world is really coming to," said church member Carla Gadson.