Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2018

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42 Summer 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine LUKE REYNOLDS As seen from the air, Wake Forest Baptist is a standout on the campus of today's Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "is plan is new … and would be unlike anything I know of," McMichael wrote. To be sure, Rev. T. W. Chambless, a one- time newspaper publisher, wrote of the McMichael-designed church in glowing terms as a departure from another era. "Baptists have been too poor to erect great buildings," he said. "ey have lived largely in country districts where there is no necessity for great buildings. … (Now), they are beginning to demand an adequate, permanent expression. … A building can no more be described in words than a tune. Architecture is frozen music." As for the red exterior brick, its hue suggests what Smith calls tomato bisque. "at's my term," he said. e double-door entrance — up a massive staircase that faces the grounds of today's Southeastern Baptist eological Seminary — is adorned with columns and topped with this stone inscription: HOUSE OF THE LORD. Inside, amid pictures of the church's various ministers, is a glass display case telling the story of a wayward member of the flock decades ago: a sterling silver com- munion service. Turns out that back in the 1950s, Hearn's father, an electrical contractor named Tom Arrington, was digging under a house on Highway 96 only to discover a badly tarnished goblet with the initials "WFBC." "He about had a heart attack," Hearn said of the find, with subsequent searches turning up other pieces that were purchased and returned to their rightful place. It is in this sacred space you'll likely find Rev. Bryant Moxley, the minister of music and worship who oversees a 55- member chancel choir in want of altos yet well balanced between male and female voices. Sitting in a pew awaiting his charges one afternoon, and pressed about his favorite music, he offered "Be ou My Vision" as a favorite hymn and omas Tallis' "If Ye Love Me" as a favorite anthem. He looks up to the "grapevine" encircled stained-glass windows and speaks of the late day sun shining into the sanctuary. "It really is just a heavenly space," he said. KATHRYN RENDE The original circa 1915 pews, albeit with some cracks, are still in service.

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