Builders for Christ began when Lawrence Corley, an architect from Birmingham, Alabama who is a member of Brookwood Baptist Church, went on a construction mission trip and learned that these projects were often not well planned or financed.
Sometimes the churches hired architects that did not understand Baptist Churches and so did not provide education space or allow for growth. He believed that if the various volunteer teams worked together and worked with the recipient church, to plan the project, insure adequate financing, etc. that there was a greater likelihood of completion and health of the church,.
Following is a list of the churches built by the association of volunteer teams headed by Lawrence Corley, known as the “A” Team.
By the year 1991 there were so many volunteer teams associated with Builders for Christ that we were able to take on 2 projects each year. Patrick Stout, another architect from Birmingham, and Tom Boone, his fellow church member at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, agreed to lead a group of teams and following is a list of the churches built by the “B” team. That team is now lead by Earl Rhyne, a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.
|1992||Highland Crest Baptist Church||Green Bay,||WI||7,500 sf|
|1993||Lakeside Baptist Church||Battlecreek,||MI||6,500 sf|
|1994||First Baptist Church||Manteno,||IL||10,000 sf|
|1995||Korean Baptist Church||Browns Mills,||NJ||10,000 sf|
|1996||First Baptist Church||Griffith,||IN||6,500 sf|
|1997||Hanover Baptist Church||Hanover,||IN||6,000 sf|
|1998||Lincoln Ave. Baptist Church||Jacksonville,||IL||6,500 sf|
|1999||Island Pond Baptist Church,||Hamstead,||NH||16,000 sf||Assisted|
|2000||Haitian Baptist Church||Willingboro,||NJ||6,500 sf|
|2001||Friendship Baptist Church Phase II||Litchfield,||CT||10,000 sf|
|2002||Hope Baptist Church||Laurel,||MD||12,400 sf|
|2003||Calvary Baptist Church||Hannibal,||MO||21,000 sf|
|2004||First Baptist Church||Winfield,||MO||14,500 sf|
|Haitian Baptist Church Phase II||Willingboro,||NJ||4,500 sf||Assisted|
|2005||Sycamore Ridge Community Church||Brookville,||OH||12,000 sf|
|2006||Jacobs Well||Eau Claire,||WI||34,000 sf||Assisted|
|2007||First Baptist Church||Chalmette,||LA||24,000 sf||Assisted|
|Church Without Walls,||Lafayette,||LA||7,800 sf||Assisted|
|2008||First Baptist Church||Grove City,||OH||32,000 sf|
|First Baptist Church||Miamisburg,||OH||17,000 sf||Assisted|
|Sycamore Ridge Phase II||Brookville,||OH||4,500 sf||Assisted|
|2009||First Baptist Church||Chalmette||LA||Assisted|
|First Baptist Church||Monroe||OH||10,312 sf||Assisted|
|2009-10||Sharon Baptist Church||Ironton||OH||10,600 sf|
|2010||Grace Baptist Church||Tyrone||PA||13,000 sf|
|2011||Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary||Kansas City||MO||38,000 sf||Help to Finish|
Again the number of volunteer teams grew to the point that we were able to add another project. Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, has been involved with Builders for Christ since 2002 and in 2005 Allan Ivemeyer, a Birmingham contractor and a member of Dawson, agreed to lead a group of teams to Hillsboro, Illinois and built a building for Calvary Baptist Church, in that city. The work of the “C” Team follows.
|2005||Calvary Baptist Church||Hillsboro,||IL||16,000 sf|
|2006||Jacob’s Well||Eau Claire,||WI||34,000 sf||Assisted|
|2007||Church Without Walls||Lafayette,||LA||7,800 sf||Assisted|
|2008||Valley Baptist Church||Appleton,||WI||8,500 sf|
|2009||First Baptist Church||Monroe||OH||
|2010||First Baptist Church||Manteno||IL||
|2011||Cornerstone Community Church||Winthrop||ME||Remodeled|
Note that all three teams went to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and built a large building for Jacob’s Well Church,. We believed that God was leading us to combine forces and build for this Church, which was and is growing very rapidly. They had been meeting in schools and had outgrown all of the schools in the area. Although this was a larger project than we had tackled to this point, by working together, the three teams were able to get the building 95% complete and the congregation was able to move into their new facility by October, 2006, just 6 months after the first team arrived on site.