Project Grand Opening

Crosswood United Methodist Church | Marion, Ohio


Crosswood United Methodist Church was born out of the merging of sister congregations in the Marion, Ohio area. As one can imagine, much work had to take place in order for this to happen. Multiple churches reducing assets into one site and one staff is certainly monumental – and not without significant sacrifice. Needing a property that would allow the churches to construct new space for all ministries drove the decision to utilize their Richland Road location. The existing building was not large enough for the new congregation, and was in need of significant updating. Through design research and vision development with The McKnight Group, plans were developed to add a worship center connecting to the existing facility.


Their new facility includes an enlarged and improved parking lot, accessed through a boulevard entrance flanking a new sign. Their flexible multi-ministry space can be used for banquets, sporting events, community gatherings, concerts, but first and foremost, worship. This room features an audio-visual loft for sound production, video projection and theatrical lighting control. The house lighting boasts a dual system: one for worship and one for general use, providing flexibility and creativity.

The tall glass front provides a noticeable and comfortable entrance, especially for visitors, directing them to the main lobby which features lofty ceilings, cafe seating and serving counter for casual gathering and refreshment.


Since moving into their new facility, Crosswood United Methodist Church hasn’t looked back. They also improved the existing facility by updating trim, roofing and landscaping to compliment the new facility.

To learn more about the project, process and success,
Click here to download the Crosswood UMC Case Study

2012-12-18T10:22:14+00:00 December 18th, 2012|Press Release, Project Grand Opening, Uncategorized|

A Grand Opening

Just a few short weeks ago, Gateway Church of the Nazarene opened their doors for the first time in their brand-new facility. In January 2006, a fire originating in the basement furnace room took the original building; officials declared it a total loss.

Gateway immediately began picking up the pieces, and after congregational vote, the Church purchased grounds across from Wal-Mart on Gateway Drive. Since that point, the people of Oskaloosa have watched the building form from the ground up, while each step was documented by local news and media. Oskaloosa News reported in January 2011: “Oskaloosa First Church of the Nazarene’s new facility progressing nicely” and included a few details on the new building:

  • 50,000+ square feet
  • Multi-functional space
  • Children’s Area indoor/outdoor cafe and bookstore
  • Children’s Area accommodates 100+ children
  • Check-In Areas and Restrooms in close proximity to Children’s Areas
  • Indoor Playland for Childrens Ministry as well as Birthday Parties
  • Youth Worship Center for 100+ Youth including indoor/outdoor cafe and game room
  • Accordian Doors to create classroom options throughout the building
  • Staff Offices
  • Optimum space for wedding receptions or special events
  • Multi-Ministry Center seats 700+ and 450+ banquet style seating
  • Ample space for regulation volleyball and basketball courts
  • Catering Kitchen

Five years later, Gateway Church of the Nazarene rises out of the ashes and stands a brand-new, shining symbol of faith and restoration.

An article from local paper, The Oskaloosa Herald, elaborates on the grand opening:

Gateway Church of the Nazarene
ANDY GOODELL | The Oskaloosa Herald

AT 10:30am Sunday morning [June 19th], many people had their first look at the Gateway Church of the Nazarene.
This inaugural service gave those attending an idea of what the Gateway Church of the Nazarene has to offer. This includes a large-scale sound and video projection system, as well as praise musicians and seating for more than 700 in the facility’s multi-ministry area.

In his first sermon at the new church campus, the Rev. Dave Childers focused on renewal of faith or “new beginnings.” He said those considering a new beginning with Gateway Church of the Nazarene can expect a lot from the church.

“If you’re here looking for a church today, come to this church on a regular basis… With the music and the spoken word, you will get something every week that will make you think. You will hear something every week that will make you feel and you will hear something on a regular basis, every Sunday, about something you can do to become more like Jesus Christ.” – Dave Childers, Lead Pastor

To learn more about Gateway Church of the Nazarene, visit their website.

2011-08-09T10:00:28+00:00 August 9th, 2011|Project Grand Opening, Uncategorized|