In a small Southern town of only a few thousand sits Messiah Miracle Worship Center: An African American storefront church in the middle of Main Street. The town is Senoia, Georgia, which has been the set for the popular television show “The Walking Dead” as well as the backdrop for movies such as “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Thousands of tourists flock to Main Street weekly with hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite star and for the chance to soak in the Southern charm and small town quaintness.
Most passing by fail to notice the dark green door with blinds pulled tight and the inconspicuous sign indicating that a church exists.
The entrance door is neatly tucked between a gift shop and the aptly named “Waking Dead Café.” I’d seen the church before and always wondered what it was like inside the small building. I’d even been able to hear the music penetrating through the walls and out onto the sidewalk on Sunday afternoons. I was intrigued and wanted to find out what it was like on the inside. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but hoped I might find it inside.