VOL. 113 | NO. 212 | Monday, November 8, 1999
Faith Presbyterian begins building $1
Faith Presbyterian starts
building $1.6 million addition
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Construction has started on the first phase of a multi-million dollar project at Faith Presbyterian Church at 8816 Poplar Pike.
The building the church currently occupies contains 9,067 square feet, which will more than double when the first phase of the building plan - an education wing is completed, said Don Colvin, chairman of the building expansion team for the church.
The new education wing will contain 11,096 square feet of space, consisting of eight classrooms, additional storage space and restrooms, he said.
Construction costs for the first phase is listed at $1.6 million according to a building permit filed with the Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office and complied by the Daily News Online.
The church meets in a multi-use room, which doubles as a fellowship hall when church is not in session. He said an expansion was necessary because the church had run out of room.
``We're just flat out. We just don't have the room,'' said Ken Letterman, associate pastor.
Colvin said a membership survey indicated that the congregation placed the highest level of importance on building an education wing, and that is why they slated it in the initial phase of the project.
Letterman said young people represent a large segment of the membership. He estimates about 45 percent of the membership is under the age of 21.
Situated on a 12-acre tract of land, Faith Presbyterian will eventually also build a new sanctuary as the second phase and a family life center containing a gymnasium as the third phase of the project. Construction on the second and third phases is not anticipated until mid- to late-2000, Colvin said. The total cost for all three phases of construction is estimated between $8 million and $9 million.
Faith Presbyterian holds three services on Sunday morning, as well as a worship service at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The church is located on Poplar Pike between Forest Hill-Irene and Hacks Cross roads.
Construction of Phase I is scheduled for June. MCDR is the general contractor on the project, and Fleming & Associates is the architect.
Colvin said though the firms were selected through the bidding process, he believes divine guidance also was involved.
``The good Lord was looking over us when he pushed us in that direction,'' Colvin said.