With more people participating in its more than 100 ministries and expecting that growth to continue, Calvary Church will break ground Sunday, Oct. 2, on a 51,000-square-foot addition on its 100-acre campus at N.C. 51/Pineville-Matthews Road and Rea Road.
When complete about this time next year, the new Calvary Life Center will provide church members with a full-sized gym, two large auditoriums and 24 classrooms on two levels, according to a statement issued by Dr. John H. Munro, senior pastor.
Edifice Inc., the general contractor, already has begun stockpiling pipe and other equipment on church grounds fronting N.C. 51. Edifice, a Charlotte firm, will construct the new facility adjacent to the sandstone-colored, multi-spire, crown-shaped building that has become a south Charlotte landmark.
The main building has 310,000 square feet of space, and the main sanctuary seats 5,106 people. The Calvary Life Center will give the church an additional 16.5 percent of space.
The church, which is debt free, estimates the project will cost $9.9 million, including furniture, fixtures and construction financing costs. Members of the congregation and “those that consider Calvary their church home” already have donated more than $4 million and pledged an additional $4.4 million during the next 2 ½ years, according to Scott Vail, Calvary’s executive pastor.
“Church leaders are confident that the remaining funding will be forthcoming through God’s blessings and provision,” according to the news release.
Church leaders have been planning the addition, dubbed “Next Generation,” since 2010 and “formally initiated” the approval process in January “to respond to increases and projected growth” of people participating in ministries, according to the church’s news release. On Aug. 8, church leaders “granted final approval for construction.”
“Calvary Church is firmly committed to reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, not just our children and grandchildren but also the next generation of new believers who come to be taught the word of God, discipled and equipped to reach out and serve others,” Munro said in the news release.
Calvary currently has slightly more than 3,000 members and has seen steady growth in the past five years, Vail said. The church employs about 100 people, in addition to about 160 full- and part-time employees of the Calvary Daycare Center.
The Calvary Life Center will include meeting spaces and multi-media technology to support the youth ministry and ministries involving large groups. With the gymnasium, Calvary can expand its sports ministry, children’s Bible clubs, vacation Bible school and the Calvary Child Development Center.
The Calvary Life Center will face westward toward Pineville-Matthews Road and connect to the current structure by an enclosed concourse. ADW Architects, of Charlotte, designed the new facility to be architecturally compatible with the main church.
In addition to the new center, the church plans to add several hundred new trees, new parking areas and senior/handicap parking. Edifice will construct detention basins to control stormwater runoff.
County and city agencies already have granted the church its necessary building and site permits.
Church leaders will hold the groundbreaking ceremony after Sunday’s 9:45 a.m. worship service.
Find more information about Calvary and its ministries at its website, www.calvarychurch.com.