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The Rev. R.A. Vernon knew something had to be done when two mothers approached him to conduct funerals for their children and he couldn’t accommodate them because his church had no building. 

“I was heartbroken that I couldn’t help them,” said Vernon, founder and senior pastor of The Word Church. “We live to help families in times of crisis. We don’t ask if you’re a member, we just do it. We can better serve the people who need us, if we have our own building.”

The Word Church, based in Warrensville Heights, expanded into the Akron area nearly three years ago. Since then, it has attracted an average of more than 1,000 people to its Sunday worship services and Wednesday Bible studies at Akron’s North High School.
 
On Saturday, the megachurch hosted a groundbreaking event to mark the official start of construction at the site of its new Akron/Canton campus at 1700 Brittain Road in Akron’s Chapel Hill area.
 
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