On Sunday, July 10, the Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church marked an important milestone with a late afternoon groundbreaking service for the start of construction on their new church building. The new location is just across the street from the current address of 5160 Peavine Road.
The new church's worship/education building will be 17,011 square feet, and the fellowship/education building will be 5,500 square feet, for a total build-out space of 22,511 square feet. The worship center will seat 412, the choir area will seat 60, and there will be a covered drive-through for dropping off passengers at the church door. The church is being built at an estimated cost of $3.2 million. The property, which is totally paid for, came at a purchase price of $826,000.
The church's current minister, Dr. Leonard Markham, stated Thursday following the groundbreaking, "It will benefit Cumberland County, in that a lot of the contractors involved in the building are residents of Cumberland County. All of the site work is being done by residents of Cumberland County, along with a lot of the work throughout the project.
"It's supposed to take a year for it to be completed, and they're supposed to start construction this week."
For the groundbreaking celebration, a large tent was raised, reminding everyone of the old-fashioned outdoor meetings of years gone by. Guests who had been a part of the church during its 40-year history were in attendance, including one of the charter members. Official "ground breakers" included the contractor Sam Smith, architect Dan Sherfy, Frances Anne Gwin-Ogletree, Grant Caywood, Pastor Leonard Markham, Randy Anderson, Roger Fleming, Mary Box, Ken Hutchinson, Greg Pugh of First National Bank, and Reggie McDonough.
When all the shoveling and speaking were done, the crowd enjoyed a refreshing ice cream social.