First Assembly, which is one of the largest churches in the city, recently completed a four-month renovation project that symbolizes the church's new focus under the direction of Pastor Joe Green.
"The renovations reflect our mission," he
"It's not something merely to look at, but something to fulfill the mission we have."
The roughly $200,000 work included expanding the lobby outside the sanctuary, and improvements to the facility's Fellowship Hall, nursery, bathrooms, offices and storage space for the church's food bank.
The construction, which is the first at the church since members renovated the sanctuary more than 35 years ago, is designed to create a more welcoming atmosphere, attract families and allow the church to expand its outreach into the community, Green
The church will utilize the new space to set up a welcoming table and a coffee bar in the lobby where the members first enter, he
"We're trying to open the foyer to give people a place to connect before and after the services," he
, who took the position about a year ago, said he's
tried to focus more on families.
"It's where our focus is right now," he
replaced Pastor Gerritt Kenyon who retired in January 2008, after more than 50 years at the church.
Kenyon, who now conducts Sunday services at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, as the facility's co-chaplain, said Green
has done a great job.
Joseph Green, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Millville, stands in the newly renovated lobby of the church Wednesday.
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Joseph Green, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Millville, stands in the newly renovated lobby of the church Wednesday. (Staff photo/Charles J. Olson)