Summit Church, located at 302 Goff St. in Elkins, will move to the American Mountain Theater and lease the facility for Sunday morning services beginning June 24, while the church undertakes a new building project.
The church currently owns 7 acres of property in West Elkins, where it plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility within the next year or so.
"This is an extremely exciting time for us," said Hal Boehm, lead pastor. "We are very thankful to the American Mountain Theater for allowing us the opportunity to lease their wonderful facility."
Summit Church is a nondenominational church pastored by Hal and Lisa Boehm, founders of international mission's organization Catchfire! Ministries. Summit recently experienced rapid growth in attendance because of its contemporary style and emphasis on ministering to the whole family.
"We have been at 80 percent capacity for almost 18 months now on Sunday mornings," Boehm said.
Historically, whenever any organization is regularly 80 percent full, it is difficult to achieve much growth past that without expanding facilities.
"Our options were either to remain plateaued at this level on Sunday mornings for another few years until we complete our new building facility, or find another location to meet for Sunday morning services," Boehm said. "The bottom line is that we care too much about reaching our community to remain here in our current facility. We don't want to have to turn anybody away."
The church is also in the process of building on two additional rooms to the Goff Street location to accommodate the growing youth and children's areas.
"One of our main areas of growth recently has been young families," Boehm said. "We are blessed to have outstanding Youth Pastors Randy and Renee Ellis and children's Pastors Jeremy and Jamalyn Beck, as well as many great volunteers who are really doing a fantastic job of ministering to youth and kids of all ages."
As part of the transition, beginning on June 24, Summit will be changing the Sunday morning service time from 10:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will continue to hold the 6 p.m. Sunday evening services and 7 p.m. Wednesday evening services at the Goff Street location.
"We could not be more excited about this next step in the life of the church," Boehm said. "Our ultimate goal is to help better our community through service and sharing the love of Christ, and the American Mountain Theater's facility gives us a wonderful opportunity to do that even during this interim period."
More information on Summit Church can be found at www.summitelkins.com.