The 73-foot high dome was completed in December 2002 and was named the Word Dome, a reference to the weekly worship services held there. In April 2011, when the Deep South experienced what was termed the Super Outbreak of tornadoes, Birmingham experienced multiple EF4 tornadoes in one day, with wind speeds as high as 190 miles per hour. Sixty-five people lost their lives in 90 minutes.
Faith Chapel’s campus wasn’t spared, and the Word Dome was in the tornado’s path. Smaller buildings on campus were destroyed, but the Word Dome experienced minimal and mostly superficial damage.