Spirits rise on Longboat’s north end: Christ Church prepares for opening
Christ Church Building Committee Chairman Burt Borgelt said construction on the new Christ Church of Longboat Key is moving full-steam ahead and the project is on schedule with a Sept. 29 target date.
Once completed the project at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive will include church offices and meeting rooms, a newly constructed 17,000-foot sanctuary with a large narthex, a fellowship hall and a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.
The vision for the church’s future home was provided by Ecclesiastical Architect John Dickerson of Leesburg, Fla. A trademark of his style is sweeping aesthetics with fine details including archways, windows, roof peaks and other architectural flourishes. Dickerson has designed almost 100 churches throughout Florida.
The project broke ground in May 2010, and DooleyMack Construction of Sarasota has provided the specialized construction services required for the project, headed up by Project Manager Clark Albritton and Superintendent John Peacock.
DooleyMack Construction has been recognized as a top regional contractor by Gulf Coast Business Review and is listed nationally in the “Top 400 Contractors” by Engineering News Record magazine. The company is a privately owned company with a team of more than 180 associates and has supplied construction services in 48 states.
Christ Church was founded in 2004 by a small group of about 45 parishioners. The congregation began as a new community church in 2005 and initially met at the Bayfront Park on Longboat Key. Within a year they had outgrown that facility and moved to Mediterranean Plaza, which they remodeled and enlarged to suit worship needs.
Shortly thereafter in February 2006, the congregation voted to affiliate with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Membership of the church is now more than 200. With the church’s growing pains they purchased the 6400 building three years ago with plans to expand.
The church’s pastor, Bruce Porter, replaced founding Pastor Ray Woody. The church holds services at 10 a.m., Sundays at its Mediterranean Plaza location until the new building is complete.