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Phenix City’s Bethany to expand facilitiescomment (0)

June 28, 2012

By Brittney Knox

After three years in their new church building, Bethany Baptist Church, Phenix City, is planning to build a family life center to continue to grow the church and bring people to Christ. 

“We have sustained a good growth since we have moved in the new facility,” Pastor Jimmie Hobbs said. 

“So we decided to build the family life center because we are in need of more space.” 

According to Hobbs, the center will have two buildings: one for a gymnasium and another for education rooms.

The education building is expected to be about 5,000 square feet with seven classrooms and a fellowship area.

“We don’t have plans for the gymnasium yet, though we expect it to be about 10,000 square feet,” Hobbs said. 

The former Bethany Baptist building is less than a mile from the newer church home. During the 16 months of relocation the Russell Baptist Association church spent the first year leasing space in a vacant church building and the final four months sharing space with North Phenix Baptist Church, Phenix City.

Hobbs said he believes the recent growth can be attributed to several factors that include a number of families moving into the area.

Rachel Miller, administrative assistant for Bethany Baptist, joined the church with her husband in March 2012. She said the church has 240 active members and an average of 175 to 200 worshiping on Sunday mornings. Ten years ago, the church had 38 active members.

Through the years of growth, the church has expanded to two services: a 9:30 a.m. traditional service and an 11 a.m. contemporary service. 

Younger people seem to really enjoy the contemporary service, which draws almost twice the attendees of the traditional service, Hobbs said. 

When Hobbs was selected as pastor his goal was to see Bethany Baptist grow, and he feels blessed to see that happening. 

Currently the church is fundraising for the facility and examining plans. They hope to break ground in the next year. 

(Brittney Knox, TAB intern)

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