Man has big hopes for WCAC

For four years, Charles Pugh III of Vienna raised money in hopes of building a Warren Christian Apologetics Center on land along Rosemar Road near Woodcraft’s corporate headquarters.

His plans changed last week when Pugh and others associated with the nonprofit Christian corporation, based in Vienna, received a donation of the former Bob Evans Restaurant and property at Interstate 77 and U.S. 50 in Parkersburg to house the Warren Christian Apologetics Center.

The gift was made by a couple who want to remain anonymous and have been supporters of the project.

“This is a game changer,” Pugh, center director, told me this week. “It’s a good, structurally sound building. We couldn’t turn it down,” he said. The land along Rosemar Road, which still had a sign this week announcing the project, is no longer needed to build the Apologetics center, Pugh said.

With this donated 6,200-square-foot building and two acres of land, Pugh and others plan to develop a Christian information center, open to anyone, containing a lecture hall, library, offices and other amenities. Plans call for an addition to be constructed onto the building, bringing the square footage up to 11,500.

Pugh said he is not sure when work will begin on the former restaurant building and addition, and a projected completion date is unknown. “As soon as possible” on both issues, he said.

Pugh envisions the center’s entrance facing I-77. “It’s a high traffic, great location,” he said.

Warren Christian Apologetics Center is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to affirming and defending the Christian worldview while challenging the growing global influence of atheistic thought, organizers said. WCAC is a public charity and is not a church or political party, Pugh said.

Saying more information on the building project will be forthcoming, Pugh wanted to talk about the fourth annual Spring Apologetics Lectures, presented by Warren Christian Apologetics Center, set for May 8 in Vienna and Parkersburg.

The featured speaker at the free afternoon and evening lectures will be Nobie H. Stone, who is retired from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was a senior scientist at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He has participated in space missions as an investigator and scientist.

Stone has written that space research and exploration, along with accounts in Genesis Chapter 1 and the fundamental laws of nature, support the viability of Christian faith.

The first lecture will be from 1:30-4 p.m. May 8 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna followed by a session from 7-9 p.m. at E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center in south Parkersburg. Call 1-877-350-9222 to register.


Cassie Piersol Chapman, a star on the TV reality show “Private Lives of Nashville Wives,” returned to her Wood County roots last week for a visit, accompanied by her husband, Christian music singer/songwriter Gary Chapman, and their nearly 1-year-old adopted daughter Eva Rose.

Although she lives in a mansion in Nashville (go to to see the home), is married to a Christian country music legend and has just appeared in a television series, Cassie is a down-to-earth country girl and a fan of her native Wood County. She told me this week she was upset that the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Wisconsin could force the Wood County Schools to remove a Bible verse from the Parkersburg South High School wrestling team’s website and a gymnasium wall, and about the controversy over South wrestlers wearing shirts with the Philippians 4:13 verse printed on them. Cassie said Christians should fight back against this action taken by an out-of-state group.

Cassie, a 1998 graduate of Parkersburg High School, said she hasn’t heard if “Private Lives of Nashville Wives” will continue for a second season after the first eight episodes. She would love to appear in a second season, as would the other cast members, and believes the show has a loyal fan base. Cassie said the show on TNT had more substance than other reality TV shows and provided a look into the Nashville music scene and other interesting story lines. Cassie and Gary discussed private adoption on one episode. Gary and Cassie’s father, Jerry Piersol, played golf at Woodridge Golf Club in Mineral Wells and Cassie enjoyed a day of fishing.

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