The Roanoker - November/December 2015 - 74
in time to host their daughter's
wedding a month later.
KEEPING THE PEACE
Converting a historic church into
a functional family home was not
without its challenges.
"Being your own contractor
was a new experience for us,"
says Jones. "We did not really
know what Botetourt County
Zoning wanted, but then again,
we were converting a church to
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Sanctuary Bob and Wendy Jones keep
the Christmas tree at the front of the
sanctuary year round, as this was
one of the inspirations for Operation
Christmas Cheer and a reminder of
the church's storied history.
a home, so maybe they did not
It took three months for the
couple to get the building permit, and they obtained the Certificate of Occupancy at the very
last minute-the day they moved
in. Paperwork and construction