Kentucky's largest church plans $26.5 million expansion

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- With membership and attendance booming since a move to new quarters four years ago, Kentucky's largest church is planning a $26.5 million project to add buildings.

Southeast Christian Church, a conservative, evangelical and independent congregation, is the nation's seventh largest, according to the Hartford (Conn.) Institute of Religious Research. Its 22,170 members and 16,796 average weekly attendance are up from 14,568 members and 10,865 attendance since the move to a new $90 million campus off Interstate 64.

Members will vote on the expansion plan Nov. 23-24. The proposal includes a 70,000-square-foot office building and 115,000-square-foot family recreation center. Construction would begin next summer and take 18 months.

The project is part of a $30 million fund drive, with $3.5 million earmarked for ''like-minded churches'' in needy areas, said Southeast's pastor, the Rev. Bob Russell.


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