Living Word Ministry Center ready for new building to open

By Staff
NEW BUILDING Betty Spells, left, sits next to her husband, Pastor Rick Spells, inside the building under construction that will soon house the Living Word Ministry Center on 20th Street between 35th and 36th avenues. Rick Spells said he is looking forward to the completion of the new building and being able to help the community by giving the young people another option for a place to go. The steel structured building will contain a sanctuary, along with classrooms and a large fellowship hall. PHOTO BY KYLE CARTER / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Erin Hilsabeck / staff writer
July 17, 2004
After 15 years, Living Word Ministry Center will soon have a home of its very own.
The non-denominational church has been in several different buildings during its existence. All were initially built for commercial use and not for worship.
But by fall, Pastor Rick Spells hopes his congregation will be comfortable in their new building on 20th Street, between 35th and 36th avenues.
Spells and his wife Betty founded Living Word Ministry Center.
The center's first home was in a small store near Old Marion Road and 22nd Street. The congregation was small seven members to be exact.
Living Word spend eight years in a building on Front Street, and is now in what used to be a Christian bookstore on Highway 45 North.
But, he said, many people have been patient during the growth process.
After several phases of construction, the new building should be complete sometime in the fall, Rick said, though the congregation will begin worshiping there as soon at the sanctuary is constructed.
The project began with Rick doing research and contacting suppliers for the materials needed to build a new church.
The new building will have two sections: a sanctuary and a family life center, which will house a gymnasium, kitchen, classrooms and a daycare.
A large part of the ministry at Living Word focuses on children. Rick said he believes some parents today need help, and providing a safe place for children to spend time is important.
Betty, who taught school for 14 years, said education has always been a part of her vision for Living Word.
The new building will be Living Word's first with a place specifically for Sunday School. Currently, about 30 children attend Sunday School classes.
Betty said she is elated about moving into a new building.

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