An Oklahoma City megachurch is in the midst of a $7 million dollar capital campaign to build a new community center and free clinic in The Village, plus a future satellite campus.
Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland, has been operating a community center and clinic since 2007 in leased space in a former Walmart building at 2208 W Hefner Road.
The Rev. Terry Feix, the church's executive pastor, said the proposed free-standing building to be built at 10255 N Pennsylvania, which will receive $4 million of the campaign, will be larger than the existing facility and will save the church money now being spent on rent.
“We like the idea because we can take that rent money and pour it into the clinic and other things,” Feix said.
The Crossings congregation, led by the Rev. Marty Grubbs, began the capital campaign called “One” several weeks ago with the hope of completing the pledge drive by Thanksgiving, Feix said.
“We've been blessed with folks who are willing to give,” he said.
The theme of the five-week campaign is “One message. One Community. One Vision.” Feix said the church hopes to break ground on the project in December and open the new center and clinic in January 2015.
Crossings leaders said the satellite church, which will get $3 million from the campaign, will be at a metro site, possibly in Edmond. Details such as dates and specific locations regarding this proposal haven't been finalized.
Grant was catalyst
Feix said the “One” campaign is the church's first capital effort for a project planned outside the sprawling Crossings complex near the Portland Avenue and Kilpatrick Turnpike intersection.
“Everything that's guiding us on this is ‘Let's go out in the community. Let's get outside the four walls of the church,'” he said.
Feix said the Butterfield Foundation gave Crossings a $6 million grant after examining the variety of ways the church has been helping the community through the community center and clinic.