A new 1,456-square-foot chapel at Suncoast Bible Presbyterian Church in Palm Harbor is targeted for completion in early 2014.
PALM HARBOR – If all goes as expected, the congregation of Suncoast Bible Presbyterian Church will move into a new chapel some time around early February.
After nearly 20 years in a converted Spanish-style home at 975 Omaha St., church members have raised the necessary $250,000 to build a 1,456 square-foot addition on the 1.6-acre site.
When complete, it will seat 80, doubling the current chapel’s capacity. The new facility will include restrooms and an area for Sunday School.
The current chapel will become an open media area for meet-and-greet events, according to Pastor Morris McDonald, who has served the church since 2000.
“We’re excited about getting a new building and getting a little more room,” said McDonald. “We’re thankful to the Lord that we’ll be able to write a check for the entire job, thanks to fundraising by our congregation.”
Church members held a groundbreaking in August 2013 and construction started the same month.
The new building is designed by Digital Design and Drafting. Dexter Builders of Dunedin are handling the construction.
The church dates back to the early 1990s when it was founded by a group led by Dr. Arthur Steele, the founder of Clearwater Christian College. It has seen moderate growth but membership has declined slightly in recent years, McDonald said.
For more information about the church, call 786-2086 or email McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.