Terre Haute First Baptist Church to start construction on new community facility


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Terre Haute First Baptist Church will break ground on Sunday, Aug. 15 for expansion on a new facility, the Family Life Center.

“The expansion comes after years of prayer and as the result of a vision to expand our openness and service to our community,” Senior Pastor John Campbell said.

The construction project will add five new gathering spaces, restrooms with showers, a kitchenette and a full size gym and multipurpose area to the existing building’s south end. The expansion, according to a news release, will allow the church to simultaneously host two events in both the sanctuary and new gathering space.

“The expansion will allow us to begin new partnerships with community organizations like Camp Navigate, the Boy Scouts of America and more,” Campbell said. “It will also allow us to expand and better implement current ministries such as Upward Indoor Soccer, our First Friends Preschool and our children, youth and adult ministries.”

The church was originally founded in 1836 and moved to its current facility in 1967. Several years ago, church members began fundraising for the Family Life Center and have since selected Grunloh for the construction and Dauss Architects for the design.

“It is our hope that the facility expansion creates more and more opportunities to serve our community and neighborhood around us,” Campbell said.

The full expansion project is expected to complete by Easter of 2022.

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