Insurance to cover rebuilding of ‘Touchdown Jesus’

MONROE, Ohio — National attention in the wake of the lightning strike that destroyed a giant statue of Jesus has brought Solid Rock Church a flood of donations to rebuild a deluxe version of the icon along Interstate 75.

As it turns out, the “King of Kings” sculpture — also known as Touchdown Jesus, for its upright arms — was insured for $500,000, about twice what it cost the church to erect it in 2004, because the artist, Brad Coriell of Nashville, Tenn., donated some of his time, said co-pastor Darlene Bishop.

Bishop said she hopes a new statue will be up by year’s end.

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