“For Brett Merkley, entering the old Methodist Episcopal Church is like stepping into a frontier church of an old Western movie.
The simple one-story brick chapel is lined with wooden pews and hymnals. Light shines through the stained-glass windows. A small pulpit and pump organ stand at the front of the chapel beneath a life-size painting of Jesus, the good shepherd with his flock. In the back of the chapel there’s a potbelly stove and a rope ascending to a bell tower.
‘I love old Westerns and I feel like this is just like a piece right out of history,’ Merkley said. ‘I travel back in time when I walk in here. It even has that old smell.’”