Local church making ambitious plans (Audio included)
7/6/2013 3:39:31 PM
By Terry Lash
The Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine is in the process of constructing a brand new church complex.
Pastor Jeff Willetts (pictured left) discussed the plans for the new complex which has been entitled “Vision 2020”. He said the slogan “Vision 2020” came to be around five years ago and it means that God willing, the church will be moving into the new property in the year 2020. The land sits between County Road 9 and State Route 68. The property is 107 acres which is a one-hundred acre increase from the current seven acres that Calvary currently sits on. Pastor Willetts discusses the motives for the move, “I love where we’re located, I love our neighbors, I love being right there in Bellefontaine, and so I’m not anxious to leave the area because it’s beautiful. But we’re limited on parking, classroom sizes for the school, and facilities for the church. We’re just limited and we had to say if we’re going to continue to grow we can’t do it on seven acres. We need to able to look somewhere else and that’s what prompted us to look at this location.”
The move has been separated into four phases. The first phase was to develop the land and provide an area that could be used by both the church and the community. That step is completed as the 107 acres are all paid for and there is a newly built pavilion (pictured right) and athletic complexes are set up. The second phase consists off building a whole new church complex at the new site which is the goal of “Vision 2020”. The third phase is supposed to be beyond the date of 2020 and would be to build a new school building that had elementary, junior high, and high school wings. The final phase would be to design a senior dwelling complex on the back part of the property towards County Road 9. Pastor Willetts was unsure of whether there would be a joint partnership with someone else or if Calvary would hire the staff needed to maintain the senior dwelling complex. Willis said the reasoning behind a senior dwelling complex was, “Knowing the demographics of Logan County, the number of elderly people in Logan County is higher than the average county in Ohio so wanting to minister to our community we need to be ready for that and knowing that a senior complex could minister in a nice way to our community.”
Willetts said the main goal is that God is glorified on all of the 107 acres of the new property and even though there are some dates in mind Willetts says that the timing of the completion of the new church complex is completely in the hands of God. He also believes that the new church complex would be able to bring concerts, conferences, or larger venues to Logan County in a way that would serve Jesus Christ.
Willetts has been the pastor at Calvary for the last 18 years. He was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from both Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He worked at churches in both Illinois and Michigan before coming to Calvary Baptist Church.
Listen to full interview with pastor Jeff Willetts.
Calvary holds Sunday school every Sunday morning at nine o’clock, Worship service at 10:15, and an Evening service at six’oclock.