From left are: Aaron Owen of AC Owen Construction; Thomas Small, Small Architects; Building Committee members Rick Wind, Ben Conrady, Ryan Noble, Virginia Calame, and Alaine Thigpen; former pastor David Clewell; and current pastors Jen Logsdon-Kellogg and Kris Tate.
In June 25, church members and pastors gathered to break ground for an addition to Quail Springs United Methodist Church in north Oklahoma City.
Senior Pastor Kris Tate talked about the impact this development will have on the community. "We will be intentionally creating hospitality space, which will enable us to become more welcoming, especially to those who aren’t here yet," he said.
"This new space will also help to bridge the gap, both literally and figuratively, between our worshipping communities in the Christian Life Center and the Sanctuary (buildings). I am truly thankful to be a part of a faith community intentionally and strategically addressing these two issues."
OKC-Quail Springs is located at 14617 N Pennsylvania Ave. In January 2016, the church welcomed Summit UMC as a new church community worshipping in the Christian Life Center, currently designed as a gym.
The new construction will create a lobby/welcome center on the church’s north side, uniting the two current buildings. It will serve as a hospitality area for first-time guests and a gathering space before Sunday morning worship.
Plans also include an enclosed hallway to connect the Sanctuary and CLC buildings, office improvements, a narthex, restrooms, and improvements to both worship spaces — including a more functional, modern worship space in the CLC.
More than $500,000 has been raised toward the funding goal of just over $1 million, Rev. Tate said.
"The project is under way. The dirt work is done. We hope to be in by Easter," he said.
Tate and Associate Pastor Jen Logsdon-Kellogg are newly appointed to Quail Springs. To help them learn about the church’s life and people, they scheduled "new pastor listening tours" and have attended at least seven events.
At the groundbreaking, Building Committee Chairperson Virginia Calame thanked those who made the project possible, starting with a vision in 2014.
"How exciting to see our journey with our Imagine Campaign really begin. This is happening because of your faithfulness, your prayers, your generous giving, and the grace of God," she said.
Quail Springs UMC offers three Sunday morning worship opportunities: a chapel service at 8:30 a.m., the Summit service at 10 a.m., and sanctuary service at 11 a.m.