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First Baptist Dallas Celebrates Opening of New $130M Campus

First Baptist Church of Dallas First Baptist Church of Dallas, led by nationally known Pastor and NRB Board Member Dr. Robert Jeffress, celebrated the grand opening of its new campus last month, and held two morning services in the new Worship Center on Easter Sunday.

The celebrations follow the completion of what is believed to be the largest church building campaign in modern history.

“At a time when suburban megachurches are the norm and research shows that many people no longer feel the Church is relevant, First Baptist is committed to the Bible and to downtown Dallas,” said Dr. Jeffress. “People are hungry not for religion but for the Word of God. First Baptist Dallas is built on the Bible, and because of that we are growing."

According to First Baptist Dallas, the growth that the once-dying church has been experiencing under the leadership of Dr. Jeffress prompted it to embark on its $130 million building campaign in 2009, even amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Though the popular trend among many churches is to acquire and retrofit unused buildings or open smaller, satellite campuses in the suburbs, First Baptist chose to remain in the heart of Dallas – a place where it has been located since its founding in 1868 – in order to continue to serve the residents, business community and guests of Dallas and the surrounding Metroplex. 

“For more than 140 years – through cycles of both decline and growth – First Baptist has been steadfastly committed to the city of Dallas,” Dr. Jeffress said. “That dedication continues through this contribution of what we believe is the finest facility in the heart of downtown – a concert hall of worship that truly represents, and is dedicated to, the greatness of God.”

Designed by the Dallas-based architecture firm The Beck Group, the new 500,000-square-foot state-of-the-art campus, highlights the church's landmark sanctuary alongside a new 3,000-seat Worship Center, which includes the latest, high-tech features, such as a 150-feet-wide viewing screen.

Connected to the Worship Center via a glass sky bridge is the five-story Horner Family Center, which features children’s and youth classrooms, a gymnasium and three age-appropriate indoor playgrounds, and a seven-story parking garage. In addition, a high-impact cross-tower and fountain are surrounded by three-quarters of an acre of public community space.

Opening celebrations for the new campus, including speakers and concerts, will continue throughout April.

Since taking up the leadership role at First Baptist, Dr. Jeffress has been building on First Baptist’s reputation as a beacon of Bible teaching while aggressively working to improve its future legacy in Dallas.

Published: April 4, 2013

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