Big Hill Christian Church dedicated a new, $2 million building Sunday at 1150 Goggins Lane.

The church, formerly known as Big Hill Avenue Christian Church, began conducting services at the new location Aug. 16.

Before the move, the church’s Sunday worship attendance was number from 170 to 180, said Senior Minister Jim Riggs.

Since the move, however, attendance has averaged about 280.

More than 300 attended a 2 p.m. Sunday dedication.

Convenient parking on the new 10-acre campus has helped attendance, Riggs said.

“We haven’t had a parking lot before,” he said.

The new sanctuary can seat 500, but its multi-purpose design allows chairs to be easily removed for other activities.

“We want to expand the church’s outreach to the community by offering a variety of activities for families,” the minister said. “This new building will allow us to do that.”

The church was organized more than a century ago and took its name from its location on Big Hill Avenue, Riggs said.

“Avenue” has been dropped from the church’s name to reflect the new location.

Three former ministers, Henry Mann, Jack Bowman and Joe Whitaker, were on hand for the dedication.

Each spoke on one section of the church’s mission statement.

Two other former members, Dale Adams and John Hays, were unable to attend, but sent their messages, which were read to the congregation.

Wally Rendel, retired minister of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, gave the dedication sermon.

The church had been considering a move for many years, Riggs said.

In his remarks Sunday, Rendel recalled attending a picnic 12 years ago at which the Big Hill Avenue church’s need for more space was a topic of discussion.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

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