Beltway Park Baptist Church is projected to open its North campus early in the spring semester.
The new campus will be 1.5 miles from campus, whereas Beltway’s main campus is 14 miles south. This $7.5 million to $8 million project will include a worship center that will seat as many as 850 people, a 25-room children’s ministry area, a two-story indoor playground, an upstairs youth ministry and adult classroom space and a full-service coffee shop.
Beltway college ministry intern Zachary Stromberg said he looks forward to the new church campus.
“I think one thing that is going to be really cool is that it’s going to have a real, legit coffee shop that’s going to have Wi-Fi where people can come and hang out and study,” said Stromberg, senior business and psychology major from Brattleboro, Vermont. “Kind of like the Starbucks in the library.”
Seventy-five percent of the project’s expenses have already been paid or pledged after the Beltway congregation unanimously voted to go foward with the project. The North campus will have its own pastoral staff while under the same eldership as the South campus.
“The most important thing about this whole project has nothing to do with buildings,” said Keith Roberson, North campus pastor. “A building is only a tool for people to have the incredible reality of knowing the heart of God and living the full measure of all he has for us. What we are most excited about is people.”
The new location will be on Highway 351 past East Lake Road toward Albany.
“What I’ve heard consistently is that a lot of students don’t go to Beltway because its too far,” said Shannon Conaway, junior early childhood education major from Plano. “I’m happy we don’t have to spend as much money on gas to get down there, and it won’t feel like such a burden to get filled up.”