GOSHEN — A church founded more than 160 years ago east of Dunlap has outgrown its space and is adding a new worship center, doubling its capacity.
Sugar Grove Church, 58512 Old C.R. 17, is working with DJ Construction to build a new multi-use worship center with up to 500 seats, according to pre-construction project manager Pat Gross. The new space will feature more restrooms, an expanded nursery and children’s area, and improved safety and security. A new entrance will be created on the south side of the building and more parking will be added.
“God has blessed this church with 28 acres of land for the harvesting of not corn, but souls,” lead pastor Rick Gering said, adding that he has a long-term plan for the property to become a campus for the church community.
Enos Yoder, certified church consultant at DJ Construction, said the church has grown from an average attendance of 425 people five years ago to more than 900 members with five weekend services.
“With more families in attendance, the children’s area also has grown, and the youth ministry has exploded from 40 to 140 students,” Yoder noted. “The challenge, then, is to expand the facility in applicable ways to accommodate the growth.”
Construction will not affect summer Vacation Bible School, in session June 23 through June 27, or the church’s Celebration Sunday activities at the end of June.
DJ Construction project manager Adam Tohulka said steel should begin going up in July, on target for the new worship space to be used in early 2015.
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