Christ Center reopens in larger space

Leslie McAninch sees the talent in young adults.

McAninch, director of the Christ Center, is hoping the center’s new building will open some avenues for those young adults to discover what they can do.

“It says in Ezekiel 37, ‘God breathes life into the valley of dry bones to build a vast army,’ ” she said. “I believe He wants to do a lot with today’s youth. They are gifted and authentic.”

The Christ Center’s grand opening for its new facility, 1235 Bookcliff Ave., will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Local musician Tim Brown will perform during the event.

The Christ Center is a nonprofit interdenominational mission that supports Christian campus ministries at Mesa State College to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The new building is 5,450 square feet (4,250 square feet for public use) and was designed by Chamberlain Architects of Grand Junction.

The Christ Center, opened by Andrew and Gerda Marais six years ago on Kennedy Avenue, outgrew the facility.

“It was overcrowded,” McAninch said. “We raised funds and invested hours to build this facility.”

The majority of the $1 million project, McAninch said, was funded by donations of money and labor.

“We literally prayed it in,” she said. “We had $17,000 when we started and raised all but $180,000. It was so big, there was no doubt who was providing it. It is so God will get the glory.

“He’s got plans. It’s not just a beautiful building, but it’s what takes place here.”

On the ground level is the Four Winds Coffee and Tea shop with a kitchen and meeting-room space that can be divided into two separate rooms. Upstairs, there is a prayer room, counseling office, reading room and work room.

The prayer room has a window in the wall featuring a cross, which is scheduled to be stained.

Small groups can use the reading room, which is equipped with wireless Internet, for Bible study.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Challenge, Masterplan, Alpha Omega Institute, Safe Rides For Students, Young Life and Youth With A Mission clubs are expected to use the facility.

The center is also available for public Christian groups. The Prayer for the Nation group plans to move its meetings from the Mesa County Courthouse to the Christ Center this winter.

The Christ Center is open to churches in the Grand Valley on Sundays as long as they support the center’s statement of faith.

McAninch said she has heard from a couple of churches interested in renting the facility.

“As it grows, we want to host special events,” McAninch said. “You don’t have to be a Christian to come, but you can come and talk about it and explore it.”

McAninch anticipates a need for 70 volunteers for all facets of the operation.


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