A local church recently finished a massive remodel in Ashland.

Thrive Ministries completed the initiative to remodel its interior and exterior facilities at 121 16th St.

“The building used to be an abandoned warehouse and had been run down, so we renovated the inside as well,” said pastor Andrew Grubb.

Thrive Ministries is almost three years old. The church began on Sept. 18, 2016, and has since expanded into the newly renovated building. The completion of this project is good news for Ashland. Thrive Ministries also has a faith-based sober living home that has been in operation for the past two years.

“We have had seven graduates,” said Grubb. “It’s a nine-month program in which the guys are taught job and life skills and we have a licensed drug counselor that comes in the home every week to help with additional tools to live a clean life.”

What a significant contribution to the community. We commend the leadership at Thrive Ministries as well as the congregation for making it all happen.

Another church in our area also took a huge step forward in their expansion plans. Reporter Carly Carver detailed how First Baptist Church of Olive Hill, located at 365 East Tom T. Hall Boulevard, recently purchased a neighboring building with plans to expand its church facility. Senior Pastor Landon Copley said the move will help the church expand its facility space "by double, almost triple."'

The expansion will help First Baptist manage significant growth.

All of these new chapters serve as wonderful news for the books these local houses of worship are continuing to write. In our view the success of our communities can be tied in large part to the vitality of our faith-based community in Eastern Kentucky. We wish both churches the best in their future endeavors.