By David Knopf/Richmond News
Fleming Baptist Church will break ground Sunday at 11 a.m. on a new building in a new location.
Pastor Fred Kelley said the 100-year-old church will eventually relocate from its current site on Route T in Fleming to Southpoint Drive, approximately one-eighth mile south of Highway 210.
The new church will be built in phases, Kelley said, on land the congregation has owned for several years.
When Fleming Baptist was founded, it was prominently located along what was then called Highway 10. The road was the principal route between Kansas City, Missouri City, Orrick, Fleming, Camden and Richmond, Kelley said, and provided good visibility.
But time, progress and misfortune changed everything.
Fleming was bypassed when the state built the new Highway 210, leaving the church along lightly traveled Route T. Then in 1964 or 1965, Kelley said fire destroyed the original Fleming Baptist building. When the church rebuilt a couple years later, its new location was in a low spot on the south side of T Highway.