After nearly a year of planning and four months of construction, First Assembly of God dedicated its newly remodeled facility Sunday, April 29. The Rev. Russell Snider, senior pastor, said the project was much more than just a typical remodel.
"When you think of a remodel, you think of a new coat of paint, or replacing something here and there. This was nearly a complete rebuild from the inside out," Snider said.
The facility, located at 407 Fort St., was once the home to Ivan Smith Furniture and other entities until the church moved in during 2005. Initially, the move was temporary.
"Once you are at a location for five years, it is no longer temporary," Snider said.
The church board and congregation decided to revamp the facility and bring it up to date during the summer of 2011.
"As with any building project, you never quite know what it will entail until you get started. The same was true with this one," Snider said.
The church hired F. Lestar Martin as its architect and contracted with A.L. Fuller Drywall as its contractor, along with many other local specialists.
Plans increased the seating capacity in the sanctuary from approximately 150 to nearly 300. In addition, classrooms were added to accommodate the needs of church ministries.
Construction began in January with demolition of old church interior walls, by members of the congregation.
"Our people really stepped up to handle a lot of the labor on this project, not only saving the church money in the long run, but bringing a sense of pride and ownership to every-thing," Snider said.
Four months later, First Assembly celebrated the completion of the rebuild with a dedication ceremony April 29.
"Today, we have a state-of-the-art church facility, capable of meeting the ministry needs of Minden and beyond," Snider said.
Moving forward, the church is committed to reaching the community for Jesus.
"This building project was not about making something nice for us," Snider said. "It was to build a facility to be used as a tool to reach the lost, minister to the hurting and discipling the saints."