Christ Center breaks ground at Bookcliff Avenue, 12th Street

A MODEL OF THE NEW CHRIST CENTER is seen in the foreground during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in Grand Junction. It will be a ministry center for Mesa State College students and include space for Bible studies, a lounge area and a coffee shop.

The Christ Center, a nondenominational support group for Christian Mesa State College students, broke ground on a new facility Friday, bringing a five-year planning process and fundraising drive to an end.

The new facility will be a 5,450-square-foot ministry center at the corner of Bookcliff Avenue and 12th Street, with space for Bible studies by various campus groups, a lounge area and a coffee shop.

Since its creation in 2004, the Christ Center has been located in a home on Kennedy Avenue near the Mesa State campus, with about 1,400 square feet shared by the student groups.

“Our vision is to establish a building that serves as a hub for campus ministry and which provides our neighbors with the chance to meet, relax and enjoy a quality cup of coffee,” said Andrew Marais, Christ Center board member.

The groundbreaking is ahead of schedule. Planning for the new location began five years ago, and the Christ Center began raising funds for the $1 million project in September 2007.

An anonymous donor gifted the land for the new center, valued at $247,000, at that time.

The campaign also had $17,000 in cash and $148,000 in in-kind donations, mostly for construction.

Thanks to more than 400 donors, giving everything from $1 to $200,000, according to Director Leslie McAninch, the center was able to break ground months ahead of schedule.

McAninch said the center’s goal was to raise the $100,000 for the project by next February.

“Networks of talented professionals have sacrificially given their time. Businesses and contractors have pledged building materials and their labor,” McAninch said. “We are so thankful to live in such a great community and for their support of our mission.”

The center offers ministry space for groups such as Christian Challenge, Christian Student Fellowship, Serfs and Master Plan ministry.


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