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Church building a place to pray and play
Facility to encourage healthy body and soul
Pastor Todd Lester, left, and recreation director Lee Rainwater stand in Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church’s new recreation facility. The building is under construction in Midway, Ky. - photo by Pablo Alcala
FORKS OF ELKHORN, Ky. — Todd Lester, pastor of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church near Midway, Ky., knows people don’t always come to church through the front door. In fact, he understands the sentiment so well his congregation is investing millions of dollars in a recreational facility to rival many commercial gyms, hoping people who come to play will stay to pray in his rural Kentucky church. The church is building a 61,300 square foot addition that will include an elevated walking track, two basketball courts, a workout room, weight rooms and all manner of classes and athletic leagues.