Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

A Struggling Tradition

Tucked away among tortuous roads and precipitous mountain slopes, the old coal mining towns of McDowell County, West Virginia, are places where religious tradition runs deep. But with the area’s high unemployment rate, growing drug crisis, and high frequency of disease and death, local church congregations have become shadows of their former selves. As older parishioners pass away and younger people move out of the area, many Pentecostal Holiness churches in the mountains face an uncertain future.