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Teays Valley Church of God breaks ground for multipurpose community center

By Carlee Lammers, Staff Writer

Members of Teays Valley Church of God have been focused on one central mission for years: connecting their community to Christ.

The church recently took a major step toward fulfilling its mission — breaking ground on a new community center May 31.

The new center will be located at 8056 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot.

The Rev. Thom Pratt said the church hopes the community center, which will be located on a 74-acre lot the church owns on Teays Valley Road, fills a need in the community.

With limited options for community space available in Putnam County, Pratt said the church wanted to build the center to help fulfill a what it believes is a big need.

“We believe that the church exists to connect our community to Christ,” said Pratt, who pastors the church with his wife and senior pastor, the Rev. Melissa Pratt. “This idea evolved out of us asking ‘What are the needs in our community?’ There’s not really a community center here.”

Teays Valley Church of God is building a 30,000-square-foot center with a double gym that will also function as a worship space for the rapidly growing church.

The church averages nearly 500 regular worship attendees each week and is growing out of its current space in Teays Valley.

When the Pratts became pastors of the church 10 years ago, Thom Pratt said there were fewer than 100 members. With the new center, the congregation will be able to meet together for one worship service. Thom Pratt said the church currently has two worship services due to limited seating.

The new worship space and community center will be able to accommodate 1,100 people for events such as concerts and will be able to seat 800 people in a banquet-style setting.

The two-story building will also include a commercial catering-style kitchen, a welcome center and multiple classrooms designed for infants, youth and adults.

The double gym will feature two full-size, basketball courts, providing space for sports teams and other groups to use the space for practices.

“It’s a cool building,” Thom Pratt said. “I’m excited about the opportunity it will create and for us to offer it to the community, really.”

Construction on the project began May 31. Thom Pratt said it is expected to be completed by the end of February 2018, before the church’s Easter worship.

The lot is located on Teays Valley Road — a mile east of the church’s current building. Thom Pratt said in the future, the church has dreams of constructing softball and soccer fields on the property, as well. The church has owned the property for 16 years — and its vision is finally coming to life.

Melissa Pratt said the new center is a “huge step of faith and a major dream coming true.”

The Pratts said they envision the center to be a “multi-generational” space — available to a wide variety of groups seeking space in Putnam County.

Teays Valley Church of God partnered with Pray Construction Company and Jerry Goff Architects to create the community project. Farmer’s Bank, which is new to West Virginia, is providing the church’s funding. Community sponsors are also welcome to help sponsor the project.

Reach Carlee Lammers at Carlee.Lammers@wvgazettemail.com, 304-3248-1230 or follow @CarleeLammers on Twitter.


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