ADA — A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Life Community Church and Memorial Chapel was held Monday in Ada.
The new Life Community Church, replacing the existing facility at 330 E 14, will be a modern 24,000-square-foot church and 1,400-square-foot memorial chapel that occupies a 10-acre site formerly owned in three parcels by the Pre-Paid Legal Services, the Kerr Foundation and the Chickasaw Nation.
Construction on the church and chapel is expected to begin during the summer and be completed by November 2014.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured presentations by the Rev. Mickey Keith, pastor of Life Community Church; Harland Stonecipher, founder and former CEO of Pre-Paid Legal Services; and other dignitaries, as well as recognition of attending state and local elected officials.
Keith said Harland and Shirley Stonecipher, who attend his church, contributed an estimated $3.5 million for the construction of the new church and a memorial chapel, which is specifically designed to aid bereaved parents who have lost children.
The Stoneciphers' specific interest in the memorial chapel results from the loss of their son Brent, daughter-in-law Tina and granddaughter Nikki in plane crash on June 24, 2005.
“Ever since their deaths, Shirley and I have struggled to find a way to deal with this tragedy,” Harland Stonecipher said.