San Diego Church Undergoes Transformation
Bayview Baptist Church celebrated “Transformation Sunday” on March 4 in a newly-remodeled sanctuary after a six-month renovation project.
The historical church, located in Southeast San Diego, features new state-of-the-art audio/video equipment, theatre seating, restrooms, foyer and high-tech choir section, giving the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational congregation and community a new and improved church.
In 2000, Bayview began a campaign to construct a new sanctuary, daycare facility and business complex. The church was growing at a pace so fast that they were running out of space for not only members attending church services on Sunday mornings, but for meeting space for its many church ministries, and classrooms for Nubia Leadership Christian Academy, a K-6 charter school held on the Bayview campus.
“We were under a plan to do a complete new construction but the economy has not dealt well with us,” said Senior Pastor, Rev. Timothy James Winters. “So in the meantime, we recognize that we need to do something to improve the presentation of our current sanctuary.”
Bayview then began what they dubbed the “Transformation”.
The “Transformation” is not only the remodel of the sanctuary, but also includes a Capital Campaign where the congregation, community members and friends were asked to give a special financial pledge. The pledge, to be paid over a year’s time, made it possible for the church to pay cash for the remodel and not obtain a bank loan. To date, participants have given over $300,000, and have generously pledged over $700,000 for the “Transformation”.
Bayview Baptist Church will celebrate”Transformation Sunday”, which will celebrate the “Re-Grand Opening” of its newly remodeled sanctuary. Celebrations will take place at the 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. church services. With a membership of 1,600 and rapidly growing each Sunday, the church expects the event to be a joyous occasion for the community as a whole.
Pastor Winters still has his sight on the next level, but remains patient.
“It will happen in God’s time and not ours,” he said.
The church also plans to hold “Friend’s Day” April 29, where members can bring friends to the 7:45 and 10:45 services. A special reception is planned after both services.