Madison Campus Church ~ Growing Through the Years
June 2005 MCC Newsletter article
Written by Bonnie Smith
“Oh, that You would bless us indeed, and enlarge our territory, that Your hand would be with us.” I Chronicles 4:10
This Prayer of Jabez has been answered here at Madison Campus Church, with our latest addition just being completed! In 2002, we began our latest project, enlarging our elementary school and adding the family life wing to our church. But go back in time to 1906 when our Madison Campus Church history began as about 20 Seventh-day Adventists began meeting in the parlor of the old plantation house here on these grounds. Mrs. White had been impressed by God in 1904 to buy the 789 acre plantation for the purpose of beginning a school and medical facility. As the group of believers grew, they first met in a little chapel and then in Gotzian Hall. In 1923, Helen Funk Assembly Hall was built, and this was the church home for 49 years!
In 1971, our present church was built, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the two story annex was added to house the Sabbath School classes, youth chapel, fellowship hall, kitchen and offices. During those 5 years, Sabbath School classes and other events were scattered all over the campus, a big inconvenience, especially in bad weather. In 1994, our church was greatly improved with renovation and redecorating in the sanctuary. Also added were the two covered entrances, more classrooms, more foyer area, and an enlarged and the paved parking lot. This project totaled $1,750,000. A new wing to house a larger fellowship hall and more classrooms were in the plan; however the money received at that time was not enough to do that addition.
The church, in business session, voted in 2002 to finally build the much needed addition and also enlarge the elementary school. Because of the great need at the school, the church board voted to do that project first, and as soon as it was complete, the church family life center was begun. Powell Building Group has not only done a great job on both projects, but accomplished the unheard of: completing both projects before the deadline!