Abundant Life Church, Matthews, NC
Project Update: March 2018: Abundant Life was blessed to be able to pay off their loan with UPCLF after only three years! They had a mortgage burning ceremony on March 24, 2018 and we will have pictures up soon!
Abundant Life Church in Matthews, North Carolina closed their loan with the UPCLF in February 2015. They are currently in the process of constructing a 3,450 square foot addition to their existing sanctuary.
Pastor Brent Watts has provided the words to Abundant's Life's story here:
Though the history of Abundant Life Church is not lengthy, it is filled with His story! In the late spring of 2001, Rev. Theo Craig and his family moved from New Brunswick, Canada to shepherd a fledgling band of believers who were meeting in a school.
By 2003, five acres of prime property on Hwy 51 had been purchased and construction began on a new worship facility. In the fall of 2006, Pastor Craig moved back to Canada and the congregation elected Pastor Brent Watts to serve them. Building upon the foundation that had been laid, Pastor Watts and the congregation entered into a time of spiritual growth and maturity. Along with that came numerical growth and the building was soon full. There was a need to build, yet the debt load was prohibitive. A plan was put in place that would allow the church to pay down its debt and reserve some cash to position it for a loan to expand the current facilities.
2014 saw the culmination of much hard work and sacrificial giving. A loan for new construction was approved in July by the United Pentecostal Church Loan Fund and by the church in August. The rest of the year was spent undergoing the necessary review to receive building permits. In December, the mortgage on the current facility was paid off.
As 2015 dawned, building permits were received, the loan was closed and now construction has begun on expanded worship facilities that will help them reach the Metrolina area in a greater way. Sanctuary seating will move from 110 to 260, Sunday School classroom space will double, parking will expand from 42 spaces to 102 spaces, fellowship space will increase, and the exterior will be greatly beautified.
Even with the excitement of their new construction, Pastor Watts and his congregation are continuing to stay focused on their mission. He says, “It is important to remember at the end of the day, though, it is not about buildings and/or budgets. It is about Leading people to a New Birth experience, Integrating them into God’s family, Forming them into mature disciples and Equipping them for their unique ministry. That is our purpose and our process. We want to continue to make history with His story!”
Construction was completed and the dedication took place in the Spring of 2016! Exciting times for ALC in Matthews, NC!