Bob and Joanne Portteus numbered among the first dozen people to launch Barefoot Church on Main Street, Hempsey and Banister said. Just a few years later, the congregation now includes 1,200 members on any given weekend.
The church’s theory is that so many people strong can make a difference.
In documenting the plight of one of their own for this weekend’s services, Banister said, “This may be something that goes bigger. We want to send a message of hope.”