87-Year-Young Senior Citizen Builds New Personal-Sized Church–Ready For Weddings

Bill Alexander of Seguin, Texas stands at the front of his newly constructed “The Little Church.”

Verse 16:18 of the Book of Matthew found in the King James version of the Bible must have spoken very loudly to Seguin-area resident Bill Alexander, Jr. as he pondered building The Little Church off of U.S. Hwy. 90A near Geronimo Creek a short distance outside the city limits of Seguin.

The verse that may have struck a chord with the 87-year-old “retired” contractor reads:  “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Alexander doesn’t call himself a “preacher” or “reverend.”  He is a devout member of the First United Methodist Church in Seguin where he says “I feel very welcome by all of the good people there.”

But, he does “minister” to the needs of all-comers to his The Little Church.  “I built this church almost single-handedly.  I did need some help up on the roof.”  Alexander says that the church is his “contribution” to anyone who needs a peaceful, country place to pray, ponder and just let the worries of the world fade away.

“I had a couple the other day who wanted to get married in The Little Church.  They loved the church but were worried about their many guests fitting inside.”  said Alexander.

“The Little Church” in Seguin, Texas was bult amost singlehandedly by 87-year-old (Young!) Bill Alexander. Bill says “We’re ready for weddings.”

They have a point.  The church measures 10 ft. by 16 ft.  Just right for a “small” wedding. 

And one visit to the church will affirm that what the church lacks in size, it makes up with spirit.  Alexander noted “The spirit inside the church is very special.”

The inside of the “non-denominational” church is furnished with only the simplest of adornment.  Older Bibles sit on top of a small worship table in front of the centered podium.  Modest wooden benches are available for visitors.  A non-ornate wall-mounted simple cross captures the spiritual essence of the church as one sits quietly within its four walls.

View of inside “The Little Church.”

When asked what made him decide to build “The Little Church,” Alexander said “I’ve been thinking about it for many years.  Sort of drifted into it recently when I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger!”

A sign at the front outside of the church reads:  “The Little Church.  A memorial of the parents of Bill Alexander Jr. and Dora Evans.”

Alexander began construction work on the church on March 1, 2012 and finished on May 15, 2012.

A small collection of Bibles awaits the tired, the weary and the thankful.

Born and raised in Menard, Texas, Alexander served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman during World War II.  He served aboard a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) navy vessel in support of amphibious operations during the Battle of Guadalcanal and during fighting in the Solomon Islands and elsewhere throughout the war period.

Also, during the past “50 or so years,” Alexander has been a continuous adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.  Only a couple of years ago, Alexander was a volunteer helping out during a week-long scout camp with Seguin’s American Legion H.U. Wood Post 245’s Boy Scout Troop at the Bear Creek Scout Reservation in Ingram, Texas.  And, most recently, he has assisted with the Boy Scout Crew #317 at Cross Church in Seguin.

Simple lessons from the Master viewed from the podium.

Being the consummate Boy Scout may have contributed to Alexander’s drive to begin and finish his The Little Church construction project using, primarily, his own two hands.

While explaining further the urgency to complete the building of the church, Alexander commented “You know that the Boy Scout motto is to ‘Be Prepared’ and the Boy Scout slogan is to ‘Do a good turn daily.’” 

He paused for a moment in reflection, and then said “That’s been a big part of my life.  It’s just a part of me now.”

Then he added, “This is my own way of being a witness for Jesus Christ.  The church is really dedicated to Him.”  His building of The Little Church seems to capture the spirit of both the Boy Scout’s motto and slogan.

To visit The Little Church, Alexander asks that you call him at 830-379-0144 to set up a time.  “I’m really very flexible regarding visits or even small weddings.  The Little Church is there to be of service to others.” Said Alexander.

By:  Survivaltimes Editor Bob Grafe

September 15, 2012