Seddon Baptist Church has a new home, and the Rev. Dale Foote said the church is getting bigger and better with each passing day and each passing service.
He said attendance has increased by about 40 people since Seddon Baptist Church opened its new church at 4205 Cogswell Avenue in Pell City.
“There is such encouragement and excitement here,” Foote said as he walked down the halls of the new church, the former 84 Lumber store along U.S. 78 in Pell City. “This was literally a lumber store.”
There are no remnants of a lumber store, only a thriving a church.
He said Seddon has 542 members, but about 300 active members attend church each Sunday.
Foote said worship services are held in what will eventually become Seddon’s Family Life Center. The facility is directly behind the main church building, and will seat 355 people.
The church has plenty of room to grow on its 11-plus acre site.
The actual church sanctuary, which will seat 800-1,000 people, will be completed in the second or third phase of construction.
“We feel like we have a great opportunity here to grow,” Foote said.
The church moved from its old location on Hardwick Road because it had outgrown its building.
Foote said members are excited about their new church.
“They are encouraged,” he said. “We’re thoroughly enjoying it.”
Seddon Baptist Church has a vibrant children’s ministry with about 70 children.
The church bought the former lumber store in the fall of 2013. Work began to transform the property into a church, a process members call the “Building the Kingdom,” with a vision of “Love God, love people, make disciples.”
Foote said the church does have a mortgage payment, but the sale of the former church has helped.
“We stepped out on our faith and trust in God,” Foote said.
The minister remembers when he took the Seddon Baptist Church pulpit for the first time, Easter Sunday in 1995.
“We had less than 10 people who attended church,” he said.
At first he was only a part-time minister, but in 2003 he became the full-time pastor for the church.
Seddon Baptist Church now has an associate pastor, Joseph Morris, who is originally from the Anniston/Oxford area. His focus is on education, and he trains ministry leaders for the church.
“We still have a lot of things to do,” Foote said of the new church, which is being built in phases as the congregation continues to grow.
The new church has office space and plenty of Sunday school classroom space for adults and children. The church also has a conference room for meetings and a prayer and family room.
The church has community group meetings at 9 a.m. each Sunday, followed by the worship service at 10. The kids’ worship service is also held at 10.
Seddon Baptist Church also has Wednesday services at 6:30 p.m., with a guest evangelist each week during the summer and regular services for adults and children during the rest of the year.
“We just want to get the word out,” Foote said. “This is an exciting place to worship.”
For more information about Seddon Baptist Church. go to seddonbaptist.net or call 205-338-4285.