Heritage Family Church is taking a big step forward in what’s been a 15-year plan to build a new church.
“We just have to take it one step at a time,” says Jonathan Dudley, pastor.
Currently, the 125-member church is at 909 N. St. Paul where it’s been since the 1950s.
Fifteen years ago, the church purchased land at 3840 N. Seneca near 37th Street North and Seneca where it’s now getting ready to build a new, multipurpose building with a temporary sanctuary.
“We were able to purchase a big piece of property out there on the highway,” Dudley says of I-235.
He says it’s “just better exposure on the interstate versus being in a neighborhood. That’s one of the primary reasons.”
“The property will be much bigger, but the building will be smaller.”
The first building on the property will be 10,360 square feet and will have a gym, which Heritage does not have now.
Dudley says a gym is great “just for the family atmosphere, the fellowship.”
Within five years, Heritage will have a new church building on the property as well.
Concrete work will start within a week, and the multipurpose building should be under construction by the end of November.
Dale Hermes of Architectural Innovations is the design architect.
Heritage has already sold its St. Paul property, which has 14,127 square feet in three buildings that are joined together.
Mt. Olive Tabernacle of Praise is the buyer, and the two churches are sharing the property until Heritage’s first building is ready early next year.
“It’s not a problem at all,” says Roderick Houston, Mt. Olive’s pastor.
His church had been at 840 N. Wichita.
“We’ve been on the corner for 80 years,” Houston says.
He says the property is landlocked, though, and his 100-member congregation needed more room.
“It also gives us some room to grow,” Houston says of the new space.
“It’s absolutely wonderful,” he says. “It’s everything we needed.”