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Where We Have Been


Builders for Christ began when Lawrence Corley, an architect from Birmingham, Alabama who is a member of Brookwood Baptist Church, went on a construction mission trip and learned that these projects were often not well planned or financed.

Sometimes the churches hired architects that did not understand Baptist Churches and so did not provide education space or allow for growth. He believed that if the various volunteer teams worked together and worked with the recipient church, to plan the project, insure adequate financing, etc. that there was a greater likelihood of completion and health of the church,.


"A" Team

Following is a list of the churches built by the association of volunteer teams headed by Lawrence Corley, known as the "A" Team.

1981 Adamson Baptist Church Adamson, OK 6,000 sf  
1982 Naquag Baptist Church Rutland, MA 9,600 sf  
1983 First Baptist Church Pewaukee, WI 10,000 sf  
1984   North Park Baptist Church Bridgeport, CT 14,000 sf  
1985   Norwich Baptist Church Norwich, CT 10,000 sf  
1986   First Baptist Church Tolland, CT 12,000 sf  
1987  Northfield Hills Baptist Church Troy, MI 9,800 sf  
1988   Friendship Baptist Church Litchfield, CT 11,000 sf  
1989 Crusade Baptist Church Hazelton, PA 10,000 sf  
1990   Island Pond Baptist Church Hampstead, NH 16,000 sf  
1991   Trinity Baptist Mentor, OH 12,000 sf  
1992   Palmer Park Baptist Frankfort, IL 12,000 sf  
1993  New Covenant Baptist Church North Berwick, ME 6,800 sf   
1994   Valley Baptist Church Appleton, WI 8,000 sf  
1995 Grace Baptist Church Marlboro, MA 16,000 sf  
1996  New Covenant Church Lincoln, NE 14,000 sf  
1997 First Baptist Church Waterloo, IL 20,000 sf  
1998 Louisburg Southern Baptist Church Louisburg, KS 4,000 sf  
  Pearl Street Baptist Church Paola, KS 7,000 sf  
1999  Island Pond Baptist Church Hampstead, NH 12,000 sf  
2000 South Coast Community Church Portland, ME 8,000 sf  
2001 First Baptist Church Aurora, OH 20,000 sf  
2002  Cedar Street Baptist Church Holt, MI 20,000 sf  
2003   Redeemer Baptist Church Aurora, CO 16,000 sf  
2004 First Baptist Church Manchester, CT 13,500 sf  
2005 Hope Chapel Sterling, MA 12,700 sf  
2006   Jacob's Well Eau Claire, WI 34,000 sf  

2007  

First Baptist Church Chalmette, LA 24,000 sf  
2008   Ebenezer Baptist Church Logan, OH 12,700 sf  
2009 First Southern Baptist Church Eudora KS 12,000 sf  
2010 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City MO 38,000 sf  
2011 Jacob's Well Eau Claire, WI 17,000 sf  


"B" Team


By the year 1991 there were so many volunteer teams associated with Builders for Christ that we were able to take on 2 projects each year. Patrick Stout, another architect from Birmingham, and Tom Boone, his fellow church member at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, agreed to lead a group of teams and following is a list of the churches built by the "B" team. That team is now lead by Earl Rhyne, a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

1992 Highland Crest Baptist Church Green Bay, WI 7,500 sf  
1993 Lakeside Baptist Church Battlecreek, MI 6,500 sf  
1994 First Baptist Church Manteno, IL 10,000 sf  
1995   Korean Baptist Church Browns Mills, NJ 10,000 sf  
1996   First Baptist Church Griffith, IN 6,500 sf  
1997 Hanover Baptist Church Hanover, IN 6,000 sf  
1998   Lincoln Ave. Baptist Church Jacksonville, IL 6,500 sf  
1999   Island Pond Baptist Church, Hamstead, NH 16,000 sf  Assisted
2000 Haitian Baptist Church Willingboro, NJ 6,500 sf  
2001 Friendship Baptist Church Phase II Litchfield, CT 10,000 sf  
2002 Hope Baptist Church Laurel, MD 12,400 sf  
2003 Calvary Baptist Church Hannibal, MO 21,000 sf  
2004 First Baptist Church Winfield, MO 14,500 sf  
   Haitian Baptist Church Phase II Willingboro, NJ 4,500 sf  Assisted
2005   Sycamore Ridge Community Church Brookville, OH 12,000 sf  
2006  Jacobs Well Eau Claire, WI  34,000 sf  Assisted
2007  First Baptist Church Chalmette, LA 24,000 sf  Assisted
  Church Without Walls, Lafayette, LA  7,800 sf  Assisted
2008   First Baptist Church Grove City, OH 32,000 sf  
  First Baptist Church Miamisburg, OH 17,000 sf  Assisted
  Sycamore Ridge Phase II Brookville, OH 4,500 sf  Assisted
2009 First Baptist Church Chalmette LA    Assisted
  First Baptist Church Monroe OH 10,312 sf  Assisted
2009-10 Sharon Baptist Church Ironton OH 10,600 sf  
2010 Grace Baptist Church Tyrone PA 13,000 sf  
2011 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City MO 38,000 sf Help to Finish

"C" TEAM

Again the number of volunteer teams grew to the point that we were able to add another project. Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, has been involved with Builders for Christ since 2002 and in 2005 Allan Ivemeyer, a Birmingham contractor and a member of Dawson, agreed to lead a group of teams to Hillsboro, Illinois and built a building for Calvary Baptist Church, in that city. The work of the "C" Team follows.

2005 Calvary Baptist Church Hillsboro, IL 16,000 sf   
2006   Jacob's Well Eau Claire, WI  34,000 sf  Assisted
2007 Church Without Walls Lafayette, LA  7,800 sf  Assisted
2008   Valley Baptist Church Appleton, WI 8,500 sf  
2009 First Baptist Church Monroe OH

10,312 sf

 
2010 First Baptist Church Manteno IL

11,000 sf

 
2011 Cornerstone Community Church Winthrop ME   Remodeled



Note that all three teams went to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and built a large building for Jacob's Well Church,. We believed that God was leading us to combine forces and build for this Church, which was and is growing very rapidly. They had been meeting in schools and had outgrown all of the schools in the area. Although this was a larger project than we had tackled to this point, by working together, the three teams were able to get the building 95% complete and the congregation was able to move into their new facility by October, 2006, just 6 months after the first team arrived on site.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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