Les Newsom, Lead Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church has become a dear friend of the Ministry Solutions’ team throughout the past year. Christ Presbyterian is a beautiful “church on a hill” located in Oxford, Mississippi. They are home to those who have found hope in Christ and a place of refuge where hope is offered to all.
The Ministry Solutions’ team met Les during a very challenging time in the beginning stages of his new church build. Christ Presbyterian began their building project with a different partner, but unfortunately found themselves in a situation where communication between their team and the current architect had become difficult. This build was particularly complex and the Christ Presbyterian team was forced to troubleshoot issues and handle details that were simply beyond their current experience in managing large-scale building projects.
Dave Benham, Director of Church Expansion at Ministry Solutions, was called in to evaluate the project, diagnose the trouble, and share his findings with the church leaders.
Ministry Solutions was hired to be the owner’s representative for the redesign and construction phases of this build. Our task: guide the project into a righted direction, provide lift and industry knowledge, communicate with the leaders of Christ Presbyterian Church. Dave jumped right in. He immediately provided invaluable expertise and translation of technical jargon that brought confidence to the Christ Presbyterian team at a crucial time in the project.
Christ Presbyterian’s mission statement is they exist to: “proclaim a hope, build a home, and launch a healing”. The second mission, build a home, is deeply rooted in their church fiber. Christ Presbyterian is devoted to every person they interact with being known and understood. This is the essence of who they are as a church body. Les shared with us the time Dave took to get to know the heart behind their church, and his work to translate the heart into a real-world benefit in the new space. Dave was not simply working for Christ Presbyterian, he was walking through this project with them as a friend and trusted confidant to deliver not just a building, but a space that would spur Christ Presbyterian’s mission forward and deliver a project with eternal impact.
This beautiful new building started as a leadership team vision and came to completion as an iconic “church on the hill” with “the best sounding acoustics in Oxford”.
The Ministry Solutions’ team is thrilled to have partnered with Christ Presbyterian Church and will watch with excitement as light continues to shine from our partner and their church on a hill.