With a little planning, patience and prayer, Calvary Baptist Church in the Heights will see the completion of its new sanctuary this spring.
"We've been busy and that's a good thing," says Pastor Ed Simpson, who has headed the 800-member church for about 15 years.
"We had come to the point where the old sanctuary was no longer meeting the church's needs, and we determined it was the right time to build a new worship center," Simpson says.
The second phase of a three-part improvement plan—construction of the worship center—includes a 600-seat sanctuary, hospitality center, bride and groom rooms, as well as a choir room and three additional multi-use rooms. The multipurpose rooms can be used for social or educational events.
This phase also includes a facelift for their education and office complex building.
Before starting construction on the $4.8 million worship center, the church completed phase one of their 15-year expansion plan, which included a $2.5 million renovation of their children's and youth's centers inside the church's south campus.
Calvary Baptist has been an important part of the Heights community for more than 70 years, and was started as a Baptist mission.
"We're excited about the future, and what this improvement means to our ministry and the city," Simpson says.
The new worship center is expected to open in the spring of 2011.