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Legacy Stories

“We shape our buildings, thereafter, our buildings shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill

Although I can claim no credit for it, it warms my heart to know men from my family have helped build houses of worship giving a place to gather for those who seek comfort. Churches, cathedrals and chapels have been at the foundation of our country’s culture.

Batton Builders, Inc. is putting the wrap on a church preservation project at Lovely Lane Methodist Church in Baltimore City. (pictured at the top and bottom of this post). Known as “the Mother Church of American Methodism” it also serves as a depository of artifacts and publications.

My brother, Scott Batton, says “Building churches is part of the legacy of Batton builders which goes back to when my great-grandfather began the business five generations ago.” So, when Scott was asked to join in on the church and museum project at Lovely Lane Methodist Church he felt honored! In 2015 another historical church (St. John’s Western Run – an Episcopal church) was added to the history book of projects of Batton builders. Scott says “it feels good and right to round out our projects with such meaningful work.” You can read about the St. John’s project on All Things Fulfilling in an article called Reaching for Heaven.

“It’s been interesting to work in a museum environment surrounded by treasures which document the beginnings of a Christian religion here in the United States. I’ve gotten a short, very condensed overview about some of the items housed inside the structure which any history buff would appreciate simply because of how the religious heirlooms fit into the history of our country.”

Join us again next time on We look forward to sharing a story about one man who through his brotherly acts helped thirty-three children to build their future. He left quite a legacy.

For more information on the inside story of the “Mother Church of  American Methodism

visit Lovely Lane United Methodist Church’s website.

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