Bigger isn't always better at a Wytheville church
Nearly 150-yards off one of the busiest and noisiest highways in Southwest Virginia, sits one of the smallest and most peaceful places you might ever find.
"I'm the 5th generation on this property and I couldn't think of a better use of some of our family farm," explains land owner Mike Cassell.
At first glance, it could be a shed.
But, if you look closer, you'll find a little church with big heart.
Welcome to Wytheville's Smallest Church.
"Essentially the point of the church is a sanctuary, a place of solace where somebody can come," says Brian Wolford.
Wolford was inspired when he visited another small church.
From there, the idea grew.
Friend Mike Cassell came forward with the land.
Says Cassell, "It's a pleasure to be apart of it."
Inside this 12 by 16-foot space are all the things you'd expect to see in a regular size church: pews, stained glass, an alter, and of course, the good book.
Explains Wolford, "It's just an opportunity to sit down in a cruel and fast paced world, catch your breath and experience a short time with the Lord."
The church doesn't have a congregation or set services.
But, it's always open for those might need it.
"That was our real reason for being here is- to serve God and offer an opportunity for people to rest or just someplace that's quiet to say a prayer, meditate or just some time alone," says Cassell.
And, from the more than four-thousand visitors it has received from Singapore, Japan and all 50-states - this little church seems to be serving the Lord and its purpose.
The church has no heat, air conditioning or bathrooms, but that hasn't stopped people from visiting.
The men estimate the electric bill is under 25-dollars a month.
And, the church collects its water from the rain gutters.
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