Former St. John Parish
The former St. John Church was destroyed by fire March 30, 2015.
The new church was constructed in 2017 by Trushel Construction Co. of Weirton, with roofing by Mansuetto Roofing and Sheet Metal of Wheeling.
The architect for the project was Victor Greco of the Mills Group in Wheeling.
With seating for 150 parishioners, the new church features stained glass windows, the original tabernacle, statues and icons and smaller religious appointments that were salvaged from the old church after the fire. The pieces were restored and incorporated into the design of the new church with recommendations from the St. John Church Committee — made up of diocesan officials and parish members.
Recovered pieces of the face of the high altar of the old church, sections of which are still visibly scorched from the fire, are also displayed in the church. The High Altar stone from the old church was buried into the new altar.
A memorial garden accentuates the property, featuring decorative limestone pieces and silver crosses that once sat atop the former church. A large section of the former bell was also salvaged and will be displayed in the garden.
In addition to the new church, crews remodeled the parish hall, which sits across the street from the church. The hall features a state-of-the-art kitchen, new social areas and other facilities.