A tough economy has not kept the members of Vandalia Christrian Tabernacle from contributing to the church’s $3.4 million construction project.
The church, which is currently located at 836 S. Brown School Road, eventually will move to a nearly 60-acre site that church officials purchased at 11780 North Dixie Dr. in Butler Township.
The church’s new 33,900-square foot building will take 12 months to build, said Bill Davis, a contractor with Bruns General Contracting in Tipp City.
Phase one of the project, which includes more than $1 million of work, is complete and now the church’s pastor is focused on getting a start date for construction.
“We’re waiting on a miracle because we have to recoup some of those funds because once we do that, we will be able to move forward,” said Pastor Todd Hoskins.
Hoskins attributed the church’s success to God, generous members and careful spending.
“God has been extremely good to us and people who have been coming to our church have been very giving,” Hoskins said. “People believe in the vision and the dream that we have through scripture. People believe in the God that we serve and they are very supportive. Because of that support that we have, God has really blessed us to get where we are.”
Hoskins added that the church’s current location on Brown School Road is nice, but increasing membership and lack of space has forced the church to provide multiple services on Sunday and throughout the week to accommodate its members.
“We have a very good problem here,” Hoskins said, with a smile.
Hoskins said the church’s current membership is approximately 1,500.
The new one-floor building will nearly double the church’s current seating, which is just under 700.
Church officials started buying property to the north and south of its Brown School Road building shortly after Hoskins started pastoring the church in 1993.
“We knew based upon where we had been and where we were going and where God was taking us, that we were going to need more property,” Hoskins said. “I felt like in my heart that this was not enough. it wasn’t large enough. It wasn’t going to hold my vision, my dream. And so in knowing that, then I just became very proactive and I said, ‘Look, we need to force ourselves to save, to be very frugal with our money.’”
The hard work paid off.
Three years ago, the church was able to pay off their properties on Brown School Road and for the site work for the North Dixie Drive location.
“We’ve done everything we can do. Now it’s in God’s hands,” Hoskins said.