Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Peavine Baptist Church’s 30,000-square-foot brick Epic Center is nearing completion.
“Epic” is an acronym defined by the Peavine youth group to mean “Everyday People Inspired by Christ.”
The grand opening for the new center, which senior pastor Dr. Stephen Anthony estimates will cost about $2.4 million by the time everything’s completed, is slated for March 10.
Once complete, the two-story Epic Center will house 16 classrooms, a regulation-size gymnasium/youth center, a stage, a large kitchen, bathrooms on both floors and indoor/outdoor concession stands.
“The Epic Center started as an idea,” said Anthony, adding that church members broke ground on the building in September 2011. “The original vision for the Epic Center was to build it 12,000-15,000 square feet. Architect Gordon Lawrence gave us ideas. GenTech was willing to work with us. Because of their prices and fairness, we told them we wanted to finish it [doubling the original size].”
For the last 12 years, the church’s committed members have been tithing and praying for buildings to house new members, he said. The church is at maximum capacity with 900 members presently.
“I think God is leading us to do this now,” said Anthony. “We asked people to give us yard sale items, boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, furniture and land deeds. Our auction brought in $105,000, which shocked the community.”
In total the church raised $1.1 million for the Epic Center through tithing, auctions and fundraisers, he added.
“They see the need,” said Anthony. “They are seeing children, youth and adults getting saved.”
The Epic Center will not close the book on buildings and additions on the 176-year-old church’s campus, he noted.
“The last decade has had more growth than in the first 166 years at Peavine,” said Anthony. “The Lord has blessed Peavine.”
Since Anthony stepped foot on Peavine’s campus in 2005, the church has added a new Educational Annex, remodeled an education space, remodeled the old sanctuary, acquired 21 acres, completed the Gathering Place worship center/education space and constructed three recreational fields for Upward sports. The next step as the church continues to grow will be to fix the Christian Life Center and update old classrooms, he said.
“The Epic Center will allow us more opportunity to see a huge growth spurt,” said Anthony.
To learn more about Peavine Baptist Church, located at 1089 Peavine Road in Rock Spring, visit http://peavine.org. The church can also be reached by calling 706-375-4721.