A 40,000 mixed-use educational and religious facility to house:
- Prekindergarten facilities
- K-12 educational facilities
- Bible College
- Recording, video editing, and publishing facilities
- 700-seat sanctuary
To be unveiled on March 24, the Agape Word Church Master Plan will feature a 40,000 square foot religious education campus featuring a K-12 and Bible College, along with a recording, video editing, and publishing center. Clustered around a 700-seat sanctuary, the church will become an important institution in the area.
Pastors Reginald and Victoria Dunston see this facility, to be renamed the Love Church, as a pathway towards building a better future for the community. “We will start with a preschool, and provide continuous education up through college,” said Pastor Dunston. The new facility on 6 acres of beautiful oak forest will integrate the existing facility, converting it to a multipurpose building.
Materials to be used include wood and concrete, with softly curving metal roofs to shelter from the Florida sun. in the center of the activity is a tall, spherical glass prayer tower to be used for worship. The Prayer Tower will provide 360 degree views of the surrounding area and will become a landmark on Hiawassee Road.
Richard Reep, the Architect, has been working with the Owner since 2009 to prepare this Plan. “It has been the result of a lot of close collaboration with Pastor Dunston and his board over the last several years,” said Mr. Reep. “We’re inspired by both the beauty of his land and his vision.”
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