First-phase building’s construction underway on 2.2 acres
FROM STAFF REPORTS
As momentous occasions go, Jan. 6 was a big one for Life Point Baptist Church of Apple Valley. At 12:15 p.m., the church congregation, joined by Mayor Curt Emick and Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop, assembled at their property on the southeast corner of Navajo and Sioux roads for a ceremony to break ground on a new worship center.
Church members expect the 6,240-square-foot facility to cost nearly $1 million and are looking for construction to be completed in four to six months, according to Pastor Bryan Brock.
Grading on the 2.2-acre location began Thursday, Brock said. The facility is considered the first phase in the church’s continuing expansion plans.
Brock and his wife, Rebecca, planted the church in 2005 along with a handful of local families. They initially rented Willow Park High School, where the young church grew and matured, Brock said. Then after three years, they relocated to the historic Apple Valley Inn on Highway 18.
“That move was faith building,” Brock said. At that time, the church’s attendance was regularly more than 100, and church leadership recognized the need to meet in a larger space.
“After some closed doors, we stopped looking, and that’s when God allowed circumstances to push us out of the nest,” Brock said. “We landed at the Apple Valley Inn, and it was immediately evident that God wanted us there. Seeing the sovereign hand of God work in people, circumstances and timing was tremendously faith building.”
In the four years since moving to the Apple Valley Inn, Brock said the church has grown to a congregation of 170, developed the current building plans, hired a general contractor and acquired financing to build the first-phase facility.
Brock is quick to point out, however, that a building is only a tool. It doesn’t make them a church, he said, but simply allows them a stable place to assemble, function and expand the message they believe God has entrusted them with.
“We exist because of the eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our salvation and because of His eternal promise to build His church,” he said.
Until the new building is ready to open doors, the congregation will continue to meet in the main building at the Apple Valley Inn, 20601 Highway 18. Services are held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays.