At this time in the history of our church, we believe God is calling us to take a major step forward in ministry and outreach. In the spring of 2015, property adjacent (728 Main St.) to our church was anonymously purchased and donated to WUMC. This very generous donation of property served as the impetus for our congregation to undertake a Strategic Planning and Visioning process, which, over the past 2 years, has resulted in plans for a more effective ministry space in the form of a new community outreach center in the Wintersville community.
The cost of the project is approximately $3.6 million, of which $400,000 in land acquisition has already been spent. The timetable for construction consists of demolition of structures on the existing properties to the west and southwest of the current church building by October 21st. Construction should start in the fall of 2018, with construction to take approximately 10 months. We expect to see completion of The Center for Hope by late September to early October of 2019. Financing for the project began with approximately $1.5 million in pledges from church members after a capital campaign in the spring of 2017, with approximately $850,000 of the pledged amount already received. The remaining funds will come from supporters from the community, grants, and generous and sacrificial giving from church members.
Chairpersons include Dr. Jim and Loretta Cottrell, Bob and Shirley Gribben, and Russ Grimm. The committee also included at least 30 other active members of the Wintersville United Methodist Church.