Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service assist Dothan Community Church’s expansion project

Mar 15, 2019

Chester McFarland of Dothan Community Church (left) listens to Guy Scott (center) and Carl Simerson of The Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service while the group is helping to build a new auditorium. JAY HARE/DOTHAN EAGLE


The Bible compares the Christian church to a human body with many members responsible for various functions that should act cohesively.

One can see that on full display at Dothan Community Church this month as the retiree group Roving Volunteers for Christ’s Service members assist the church in a major facility upgrade. RVICS members have inhabited Dothan for the past two weeks and will be here for several days as they help DCC construct a new 600-seat sanctuary.

Bob Norfolk, RVICS team leader for the project, said the organization gives him and others a definite purpose.

“RVICS’s basic requirement is that you’re a born-again Christian, because they only work on Christian projects,” he said. “I feel that’s what the Lord has called us to, and that’s how we serve him – by serving his people.”

RVICS members live in various parts of the country and travel at their discretion to whatever projects they desire to aid. Many RVICS members, like Norfolk, have retired from the construction industry or other related fields, allowing them to readily contribute their expertise and knowledge to building projects.

“Contractors do their work because it’s a job,” said Chester McFarland, a Dothan Community Church member assisting with the building project. “RVICS is doing it as (work) unto the Lord, and you can see the difference.”

Other members, though, are there to providing a helping hand where they can. Combined with someone who has expertise, RVICS teams can complete projects in about a month’s time, Norfolk said.

“One (expert) can guide a lot if it’s done right,” he said, noting a few projects take up to two months to finish.

Often four to six couples form a team that will work on a project. Since project selection is left to the couples, team members can vary from one project to the next, Norfolk said.

Additionally, some couples opt to work three projects in a year, while others tackle six, he noted.

RVICS pays for none of the team’s expenses, though some RVICS members possess their own tools. RVICS does not charge churches or other Christian organizations for their services.

“It has been a great blessing,” McFarland said. “The level of skill and expertise greatly benefits us.”

Article published with permission: Dothan Eagle – Dothan, Alabama