BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi church finally has a permanent home after years of moving around. Sunday marked the grand opening for Coast Community Church's brand new Shriners Boulevard location. Church leaders and members see this as the beginning of a new chapter.
Coast Community Church has gone from humble beginnings in its founder's living room to a 16 acre campus in just 20 years.
According to a church leader, this new building didn't break the bank. Church Elder Bob D'Orville credits God as the reason the church was able to build this new campus.
"God has blessed us with this building right here. We bought this building for $3,700," said D'Orville.
The cost savings didn't stop there. D'Orville said after a contractor erected the steel structure, most of the rest of the work was done by church members.
"Anytime we had a chance, we worked, especially on the weekends. On Saturdays, we had work days," said D'Orville.
He said it took a little more than three years to see the project to completion. Now, he said the 17,000 square foot structure is worth over $1.5 million.
Now that the members are filling the seats, D'Orville feels a sense of accomplishment. Looking at membership, he sees a bright future for the church.
"This building right here, half of it is for children. It's the children's ministry," said D'Orville.
That's something he sees as a sign of even more growth. Cindy Cameron serves in the youth and children's ministries. She remembers the membership growing past the boundaries of the church's temporary locations in the past.
"We're hoping that that happens again. Obviously, the children are the future of the church," said Cameron.
That future is something that Cameron wants to be a part of through her ministry. She expects that her church will now be able to reach even more of the Coast with the ministry opportunities the new location brings.
"This building will provide a place for us to do those type of events and teach them and disciple them and grow them in Christ and bring more people in," said Cameron.
Church leaders say they expect to eventually build an even bigger sanctuary on the north portion of the campus.