1980s – part2
With the growing membership, staff, ministries and activities, the church was again in need of additional space. Therefore, in April, 1985, a $1.25 million bond drive was launched for the second phase of construction at the Kelley Avenue location. During the second phase, the “John Wesley and Hattie Johnson Manse” was relocated and restored at our present location in honor of their memory. Their home has been dedicated as the Heritage House and contains valued historical records, documents and memoirs of the church.
The new addition to St. John was completed in 1986, and on the first Sunday in June, 1986, another “Entrance Celebration” was held, this time for the “W. K. Jackson Family Life Center”. This structure consisted of a new library, expanded kitchen facilities, theatrical facilities, class rooms, office space and a nursery.