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Come to play, stay to pray: Church gym to act as a service, invitation to the community

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FORKS OF ELKHORN, Ky. — Todd Lester, pastor of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church near Midway, Ky., knows people don’t always come to church through the front door.

In fact, he understands the sentiment so well his congregation is investing millions of dollars in a recreational facility to rival many commercial gyms, hoping that people who come to play will stay to pray in his rural Kentucky church.

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