Rev. D. E. Mckinnon was called as pastor of the Oak Valley Baptist Church. The building fund drive continued under his leadership. After several years of raising funds, in July, 1971, enough money was on hand to commence making plans for constructing a new church building. A building committee was appointed with the following officers: Brother Willie Threat, chairman; Brother Isadore Sharper, co-chairman; and Brother Aldene Chambles, secretary. Brother Hal Williams knew of an engineer at the Y-12 Plant, Mr. R. P. Rose, who occasionally helped struggling churches to construct buildings at a very modest cost. Fortunately, Mr. Rose agreed to help with the construction of a new building on the Oak Valley Baptist Church site at 194 Hampton Road using church members for doing most of the labor.
Work began on the new structure after the congregation agreed on a building plan, procedures, and a rather difficult and demanding work schedule. Mr. Rose and the men of the church did most of the work on weekends and evenings. The women and children also helped with several tasks. The women also prepared what many considered a feast each Saturday for the workers, and the food and fellowship served as a great source of inspiration and encouragement. In addition, several friends of Oak Valley volunteered their services and donated money and other gifts.
The new facility, which seated approximately 250 people, was completed in April, 1972, and dedicated on April 23, 1972. During the 11:00 a.m. dedicatory service at the old building, Rev. Mckinnon, members of the congregation, friends, and visitors participated in a marching ceremony. After opening with a song and prayer, Rev. Mckinnon delivered a sermon entitled “I’ve Got My Marching Orders,” taken from Matthew 28. After another song, the pastor led the congregation from the old structure to the new one with great rejoicing.
Rev. W. E. Phelps of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee delivered the dedication message. The Oak Valley Baptist Church Dedication Service was attended by several local and regional community and clergy leaders including Councilman George Phipps, Mayor A. K. Bissel, Dr. W. G. Pollard, Rev. D. R. Young, Rev. Lee Morris, Rev. J. H. Winter, Rev. Carroll Hubbard, Rev. Worth Henderson, and Rev. O. W. Willis. Several sister churches and friends also participated in the celebration.
At that time, the future of the Oak Valley Baptist Church appeared very bright. The congregation could rest form its intense building program and could focus its energy on spreading the Gospel and evangelizing the community. However, a dark period followed for the congregation. Rev. McKinnon’s pastorate ended in April, 1974 after twelve years of dedicated leadership. Sadly, the church had a major split with several members accompanying Rev. Mckinnon as they founded the True Light Baptist Church in the Solway Community.