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Ivy Creek Baptist Church begins $12.1M expansion of Buford campus

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BUFORD, Ga. – Ivy Creek Baptist Church has begun a two-phase $12.1 million building expansion to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation.

“The purpose and intent of this project is to build a facility where people of all ages are introduced to the Gospel of Christ and where believers are equipped for service,” said Ivy Creek Pastor Craig Dale. “God has faithfully brought us to this multi-generational project. We pray it will impact multiple generations in our church for many years to come.”

The church held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Sunday afternoon, though contractors have already begun prep work for the $8.8 million first phase that includes a three-story education building and an expanded fellowship building.

The second phase will be a $3.3 million expansion of the sanctuary.

“As a ‘you-all’, ‘Gospel-first’, ‘servant-hearted’ family of believers who want our lives to count for the glory of God, we believe God will use our expanded and updated facilities as a tool which allows for more Gospel opportunities and kingdom impact,” Dale said. “The Lord has graciously and faithfully allowed Ivy Creek to continue to grow and add new families even during the last 24 months of the pandemic. Ivy Creek has added over 150 new members during this time."

Ivy Creek Baptist Church sits in the middle of a rapidly growing residential area. New housing developments are under construction in all directions around the church.

"God has positioned us in a growing and thriving community where annual population growth is estimated to be near 7%,” the pastor said. “Approximately 15% of Gwinnett County's almost 1 million residents live within five miles of Ivy Creek."

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