Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot will have a groundbreaking at 2 p.m. April 6 as the first step of developing a 74-acre site known as Teays Valley Acres east of Rocky Step on Teays Valley Road.Plans call for a construction project that will include a recreation park, conference site and community center that will also serve as the church building."God has given us a vision to serve our community by meeting the needs of the whole person," said the Rev. Melissa Pratt, the church's pastor. "This is the first step in a multi-phase plan to create a space that is open for our community to use every day of the week." Site preparation is to begin in late April with PRAY Construction. The initial phase is expected to cost a half million dollars. Plans call for selling the current building and using those funds toward the more than $4 million building project.
The church family put a for sale sign last fall on its current facility located at 6979 Teays Valley Road. The asking price of $2.2 million includes the church building as well as two houses located on the property. One house is now used as an office building and the other as a community center.Pledges so far total $800,000.Church attendance averages 425 and membership about 600."We went to two services two years ago to have some breathing room," Pratt said."We welcome conversations with anyone interested in our project," Pratt said. "We would love to have more community partners come alongside us in this venture. It's a big task but we serve a big God. Believing he has called us to see this dream through, we will trust him to provide all of the resources needed."For more information, call the church office at 304-757-9222.