On Sunday Forest Park Baptist Church will kick off a capital campaign to raise up to $2.8 million for the purpose of making major changes to their facility.
Phase one in the campaign is the easiest to achieve, according to project co-chair Don Allen. The goal is to raise $75,000 to raze the house immediately south of their parking lot and expand the number of spaces for cars from 22 to 50.
When they accomplish that goal the “Pathways for the Future” campaign dreams of raising an additional $525,000 in order to build a new entry way which would include an elevator. The building in which the congregation worships is really three buildings connected by a maze of stairs and hallways, which of course is not handicapped accessible. The new entry way would provide wheelchair accessibility to virtually the whole building.
The third phase is really a venture in trust and faith. The goal would be to raise $2.3 million for the purpose of razing two more houses south of the church and building a new multi-purpose building which would include a half gym and walking track.
Pastor David Steinhart said that the congregation would take on the goals one at a time. He acknowledged that the congregation would have to grow significantly in order to raise the money needed for Phase Three. Commitment Sunday for the congregation will be November 20.