Several hundred churchgoers who attend Northview Baptist Church celebrated the grand opening of a major addition to their campus Sunday morning.  Their new 24,000 square-foot Life Center is modern and energy efficient, replacing aging buildings and converted houses surrounding the church that members had been using for religious education.

At the ribbon-cutting held after the 10:30 service, Senior Pastor Kenneth Wells recognized dignitaries in attendance as well as the leadership of Executive Pastor Rob Veal in overseeing the addition.  Veal spoke to the congregation about how the facility will serve the church’s current members as well as those to come when the church grows. “To God be the glory,” Veal said, pointing out the inscription on the outside north wall of the new atrium.

Jaunita McGinty cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Northview’s new Life Center. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

Following the speeches and prayers of thanksgiving for the new digs, an orange ribbon was stretched across the doorways.  The congregation’s oldest member, 97-year-old Jaunita McGinty had the honors of cutting the ribbon to signify the opening.  Members were invited to take their own cut from ribbons stretched throughout the crowd.

The spacious new facility provides a secure area for parents to drop off their children for babysitting during services.  The building has classrooms for children and teens as well as adults.

Around the outside of the building, inscriptions of bible verses such as the Romans Road to salvation are carved in stone and embedded in the brick.

Northview’s spacious new Life Center has numerous rooms for children of all ages to enjoy Sunday School. This colorful room is for preschool children. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

Members have attended Sunday school in the new building for a couple weeks during its soft opening.  Wells said the facility was operating on a temporary certificate of occupancy. The two-story building’s elevator is not yet in service. Wells said that the City of Lewisville had been good to work with throughout the process.

Wells said the church broke ground on the new center in June of 2017, tearing down an old house, as well as one of the original buildings that had been in use since the church’s founding in 1964.  Northview built a new 500-seat sanctuary 11 years ago. The old sanctuary now houses a youth center serving the congregation’s 7-12th graders.

Wells said future plans include tearing down two more houses the church owns for additional parking.  

Northview Baptist is located at 2021 N. Mill St. in Lewisville.  Sunday worship is 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For more information visit their website at northviewbaptist.com or call 972-436-3394.

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