ALBANY, Ga. — Sherwood Baptist Church is breaking ground today on an expansion at the church’s campus that is being funded through a $25 million, multi-year campaign to build on its presence on a regional and global level.
The “Vision 2020: Meet the Need” campaign, announced publicly in January 2012, has been ongoing as a means to broaden mission activities as well as expand and upgrade facilities at the Whispering Pines Road church.
Church officials said in a news release Friday that the groundbreaking will take place at 7:30 p.m. today following Sherwood’s evening service at the corner of Acker Drive and Doncaster Drive, adjacent to Sherwood Acres Elementary School. Senior Pastor Michael Catt, as well as representatives from the contractor and bank attached to the project, will be among those in attendance.
“Now we put our words and commitment into action,” Catt said. “Last January, we set forth a goal for ourselves, to have the faith and determination to fulfill this dream, and today, that vision now becomes a reality.”
The campus expansion is set to include — among other things — a renovated space for preschool and youth, a new main entrance, a new kitchen, expanded hallways, an expanded bookstore and fellowship center as well as a new indoor playground and coffee shop.
“The big news is that ‘Meet the Need’ is a reality,” said Children’s Associate Pastor David Joiner. “This groundbreaking marks a new point in the exciting growth and continued ministry of Sherwood. It is so vital that our church keeps its commitment to minister and serve the children of the church and community, and this groundbreaking is strong proof to that commitment.”
The church has already collected $1,707,116.42 from the membership, and that amount has been matched dollar-for-dollar by Sherwood Pictures — the moviemaking arm of the church — for a total of $3,414,232.84 to date.
Plans for the campaign include an expansion of Sherwood Christian Academy’s facilities, as well as continued support of the International Mission Board, church, officials say.
Church officials said Friday that all the projects attached to the campaign are set for completion by late 2016.
More information on Vision 2020 is available at http://meettheneed.sherwoodbaptist.net.