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Scott Depot church to break ground on 74-acre campus

Artist’s rendering of the new Teays Valley Church of God campus
M. Pratt

At a May 17 meeting at the Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, church members voted overwhelmingly to move forward to break ground on their 74-acre campus, just one mile east of their current location at 8056 Teays Valley Road.

Pray Construction and Jerry Goff Architectural Firm are assisting the church with the new project, which will feature a double gymnasium for worship services, sporting events, an expanded after-school program, concerts, banquets, conferences and more.

“We aren’t building a traditional church building. We are building a community center to share with all of Putnam County,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt.

The fast-growing church already uses their current space as a hub for community activities, meetings, trainings, support groups, exercise classes, special-needs arts classes and social services. They look forward to providing even more services to the Putnam County community.

A groundbreaking event is set for Wednesday, May 31, with a free community picnic from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony at 7 p.m. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and take part in the celebration.

“We want the community to come and help us celebrate because they are the people we are seeking to serve with the building of the new facility,” said the Rev. Thom Pratt, one of the church’s associate pastors. “It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally realizing the vision that this congregation has had for nearly 15 years.”

“It’s a God-sized project, and we are trusting Him to supply the necessary resources,” said Melissa Pratt. “Since we cannot continue to grow where we currently are, and since we cannot do the additional things for the community that God has put in our hearts to do, we have to move forward in faith and build. We believe this is God’s timing for the relocation of this congregation and our expanded community services, and we look forward to our new ‘home on the hill’ where we can serve Putnam County seven days a week.”

The estimated cost of the total project is $4.5 million. The church’s membership has pledged money over the next several years, their current building is for sale and they welcome community and corporate support as they move forward.

Those interested in receiving more information about the project and how they might be involved can call the church at 304-757-9222.


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