WEST LIBERTY – Quest Community Church in West Liberty will celebrate the grand opening of its new 10,400-square-foot addition during weekend services July 22-23. This addition houses a large gathering space, a 299-seat auditorium and staff offices. An open house, showcasing the addition, will be held on Sunday, July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The community is invited to tour the new building, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments.
“We didn’t want to build. We tried to do everything we could not to build, but we really had no choice if we wanted to reach more people for Christ,” stated Bill Walker, lead pastor. “When we purchased the old Vintage Inn restaurant building in April 2009, approximately 60 people attended Quest’s one Sunday service morning and we had two staff members. To accommodate our growing attendance, we added a second Sunday service in 2011 and then in 2013 we added a third Saturday night service. We even tried adding an early morning service in 2015 that wasn’t well attended and was discontinued. We were overcrowded in every area of the building. For more than a year we were running at or above capacity in our sanctuary, children’s classrooms and offices. Currently, we average 365 people attending each week and employ nine staff members.”
The old building lacked a large, welcoming and accessible gathering area. The new building, which features a bright, inviting and spacious gathering space, including an adjoining café and seating area. This gathering space enables Quest to host more community events.
“We’re excited and thankful to see the addition completed,” added Walker. “We began visioning, planning and raising funds for this addition in August 2015. We solicited proposals from design-build firms and selected Bon Builders, Vandalia, Ohio, as our contractor based on their architectural design which integrated the new addition with the existing building.”
Walker continued, “At that time, we also began the initial steps of our capital campaign. By December 2015, we had gifts and pledges of $815,000 toward the estimated $1.1 million project cost. We held our groundbreaking ceremony in mid-July 2016. During the capital campaign we gave people ‘prayer rocks.’ People wrote specific prayers on their rocks. When construction began in September, we held a ceremony to put our prayer rocks into the foundation of the addition. We wanted the foundation of our church to be built on the solid foundation of prayer.
“An interesting fact about our building is that underneath the carpet in the sanctuary are hundreds of Scripture verses. The weekend before the carpet was laid we encouraged everyone, children through adults, to write their favorite Bible verse on the concrete floor. Now each week, we are literally ‘standing on Scripture’ at Quest,” remarked Walker.
The building construction was Phase 1. Phase 2 will include signage, new chairs, a welcome center and a coffee bar. Phase 3 will include reconfiguring the old sanctuary into additional classrooms and meeting space for children and youth and staining the old building to match the current one.
“Many people have asked me if Quest will now just offer one or two services. The answer is ‘no.’ We will continue to offer all three services. First, the worship center isn’t large enough to seat the congregation in one service. But more importantly, we are committed to offering service times that meet the needs of people. Due to work schedules and other commitments, many people aren’t able to attend a Sunday morning service. Some people like to get up early on Sunday mornings and others like to sleep in. We tried to accommodate their preferences,”
History of Quest
In December 2006, 20 people began praying, worshiping and meeting together at the Friendly Senior Center in Bellefontaine.
“The name Quest Community Church sprang from these founding members. The word ‘quest’ reminds us that we are all on a spiritual journey together as we grow closer to God and we are a community of people who choose to live a common life together and build each other up in Christ. Our mission is to meet people where they are and travel with them to where God is leading,” said Walker.
“We have always tried to focus on who God has called us to be as a church in our community, nation and world,” he said. “To some people, we might seem a little different since we offer a casual atmosphere. Most of the people wear jeans; we only have a contemporary worship band and we encourage people to drink coffee in the sanctuary. We’re casual about our atmosphere, but strictly adhere to biblically-based preaching and teaching.”
Submitted by Quest Community Church.