By God's grace, Westminster Chapel is poised to have a significant impact in the new Stephen's Valley development.  In January 2018, we purchased 7.5 acres of land near Sneed and Pasquo Road, just south of the Loveless Cafe.  We believe this property allows us to be a solid spiritual presence as people move to the area.  As a result of our Gideon's Army Campaign, the negotiations of our financial team and Elders' Council with funding sources, and our Building Committee's work with our construction company, local codes, and our developer, plans for an effective first phase of construction have been prepared.

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Artist's Rendering of Fellowship Hall - September 20, 2018 

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From the Pastor's Desk - September 11, 2018

Allow me to bring you some good news. First, in just 2-3 weeks work will begin on laying the sewer line to our new property at no cost to us, a very nice savings! Second, we have agreed to terms with Pinnacle Bank as our construction lender. Under normal circumstances with an annual income of $1.5M we would not qualify for a loan in excess of $12.5M. But these are not “normal circumstances” and as the Pinnacle representatives noted, we are not a normal congregation. We are grateful for the trust they have shown us and eager to be faithful stewards. Third, our filing process with Metro Stormwater continues to move forward and if there are no further issues a grading permit may be issued in the next 3-4 weeks.

Oswald Chambers once commented on John 7: 38, “He who believes in me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water,” with these words: “A river reaches places which its source never knows…A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then it comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked.  Yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty…never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ…nothing must keep you from the one, great, Sovereign Source…Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up wonderful truths to our minds, and every point He has opened is another indication of the wider power of the river that He will flow through us if we believe in Jesus. We will find that God has developed and nourished in us mighty, rushing rivers of blessing for others.

We have had many obstacles and barriers since September 2016. Yet, ALMIGHTY God is healing, restoring, and making all things new. May our church prove to be rivers of tremendous blessing, not merely for us, but also for the world in which we live. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus!

Gratefully, Pastor Jim

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Sunday, July 29, was a historic moment for Westminster Chapel. Only 28 days earlier, we had announced the need to pay off our new land on Pasquo Road in Williamson County. The price tag was $1,400,000 for 7.5 acres. Paying off the land would significantly strengthen our position for a construction loan. Over the next 28 days, God graciously brought in more than enough money to pay off the land. Pastor Jim Bachmann made the happy announcement to a thrilled congregation during the worship service.  Elder Bill Kenny, chairman of the Gideon's Army capital campaign, was asked to come forward during the service and shred the loan document. Enjoy the pictures of the happy moment and click here to watch the video. We apologize for the sound quality but you will still enjoy the occasion.

 

At present, negotiations are underway with area banks to secure the best terms for our construction loan. Lord willing, we will break ground in mid-October, or perhaps sooner. Construction is expected to last 12 months on our 44,000 square foot Phase 1a facility. If all goes according to plan, we will have ample reason to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas 2019 in our new church home!

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Artist's rendering - June 10, 2018
(View from parking lot; Pasquo Road is behind building)

 

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Site Plan for Phase I as presented May 6, 2018

View Architectural Site Drawings

Site Plan Ground Floor Second Floor

 

Our Building Committee Members
 

Dave Jones, Chair

 During the span of his 50-year career Dave has been involved in over 70 different construction projects ranging in cost from $2,000,000 to $525,000,000. (see more...)

 

John Avery, Vice-Chair

 John began his career 40+ year career in healthcare management with Methodist Health Systems in Memphis. (see more...)

Eddie Hutton

 During my 40 years in the construction and development industry, I have worn many hats: (see more...)

Dale Lewelling

 One of the original Elders at Westminster Chapel. Dale serves as Chairman of the Personnel Committee, on the Finance Committee as well as a member of the Building Committee.(see more...)

Lu Miller

 Lu is a native Tennessean, born and raised in Savannah, TN.  She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, with dual degrees in Interior Design and Historic Preservation. (see more...)

Jim Spann

Jim had a successful career with IBM while always being involved in his local church. More recently, Jim served as the chairman of the building committee at his former church and oversaw a $42,000,000 project that included a fellowship hall, elementary school, and 1100-seat sanctuary. The project lasted a total of 10 years. Jim brings a wealth of experience and a love for God's people to our project. When he is not building churches, Jim enjoys serving as an elder and cheering for Alabama football and Vanderbilt basketball. He is married to Janet and they have two grown children, Stacy and Darren.

Ex Officio

Jim Bachmann and
David German