|Client |||Christ Episcopal Church|
|Architect |||Butler Architectural Group – Jason Jennings|
|Location |||Tyler, Texas|
During 2007, Bishop Don Wimberley, Rector Harrison McLeod and the Vestry, identified the need for additional space. A feasibility study was conducted and church leaders proceeded with the planning and fund raising through the “Lift High the Cross” campaign.
The result was razing the Grelling Building, and replacing it with the Grelling-Spence Building. Upon completion, it was dedicated by Bishop Andy Doyle in November, 2009.
The new building consists of four floors. The lower level houses a choir room, the Organist-Choirmaster’s office, and a large nursery. The street level includes the reception area, the Terra Sancta Gift Shop, the Parish Hall, and a state of the art commercial kitchen. The third floor consists of a coffee/meeting area, library, and three classrooms used for adult education and meetings. The fourth floor or Youth Floor has a games/relaxation area, classrooms, offices for the youth ministers, a gymnasium, a kitchen, and worship space for the Epiphany worship service on Sunday morning.
As a result of the added space in the Grelling-Spence Building, there is more room for congregational gatherings, adult education, youth ministry, music ministry and a greatly expanded nursery for our youngest members.