The largest nondenominational church catering to the LGBT community in Tarrant County broke ground on a new facility for the LGBT community yesterday (Sunday, Aug. 23).
Once completed, leaders with Celebration Community Church say the Rev. Carol A. West Community Center will create a safe and inclusive space for the LGBT community.
New features will include more meeting space, enhanced recreational facilities and community gardens and a columbarium where church members can be laid to rest.
The church’s board voted to name the new building in honor West, who celebrates her 17th anniversary at the church this month.
“Quite often Rev. West speaks to us about stepping out on groundless ground,” said Ron Hill, chair of the board of directors. “It’s appropriate for us to remember that message as we step out in faith to build a church facility that will accommodate not only our growing congregation, but also the increasing number of GLBT community groups that rely on Celebration for meeting space.”
The new addition will include a formal entry lobby on the northwest corner of the property that will lead visitors to two large meeting rooms that, when combined, will accommodate 400 people.
The new structure will be tied to the existing sanctuary via a covered walkway.
Fundraising for the facility has been underway for the past few years.
Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2016.