OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Pastor Dustin Boles began Mosaic Church in his living room more than eight years ago, with only 19 people.
"We named it Mosaic because it's broken pieces, unexpectedly brought together," Boles said. "You would have never thought to have put them together. You bring them together and it makes this beautiful thing for us."
The Ocean Springs church has been renting a skating rink off Highway 90, but with an average attendance of 2,000 people per week, they're ready for a more permanent location.
Churchgoers take over the relatively small parking lot on Sunday mornings, and services are almost like a work shift change. Soon after the first one lets out, the next service brings them back in.
"There's 180,000 people on this Gulf Coast that don't have a church home," Boles said. "We want to give them a place to worship. So having a bigger building and more space, it's simply so we can reach more people."
When the time came to buy a new place, the resources were available The church brought a vision to life and purchased its new home in cash - $1.2 million.
The new Mosaic Church will be just west down the street on Highway 90. When it's finished around spring or summer, it'll be a 40,000-square-foot building with a sanctuary, a children's sanctuary, a wedding chapel, and a funeral chapel.
"Being in our own building shows that we're really not going anywhere," said Molly Dickerson. "We are here to minister to you, whether you want us to or not."
Formerly Bayview Furniture, and the new location will also have a theological school to train people in the ministry. The new building will have almost 20,000 square feet more than the current building. For member Clayton French, while the church will change, the spirit will remain the same.
"We're kind of leaving a manger of a church, per say," French said. "So when we move to this new facility, we want to make sure we still carry that message of the manger with us."