The Rev. Steven Harduk, right, and deacons of Falls Road Baptist Church turn ceremonial shovels of dirt at the March 9 groundbreaking for the congregation's new sanctuary and classroom building on Benvenue Road. Construction likely will start in April.

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The Rev. Steven Harduk, right, and deacons of Falls Road Baptist Church turn ceremonial shovels of dirt at the March 9 groundbreaking for the congregation's new sanctuary and classroom building on Benvenue Road. Construction likely will start in April.

Church starts building project

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Falls Road Baptist Church broke ground March 9 for a sanctuary and classroom building on its new campus at 3144 Benvenue Road.

Construction likely will begin in early April, Larry Todd, the church’s secretary, said in a telephone interview Tuesday. The project will move quickly.

“We’re the trusting the Lord for the first of October,” he said of the projected completion date.

The sanctuary will seat about 200 people, the Rev. Steven Harduk, Falls Roads’ pastor, said Wednesday in a telephone interview. The other building will have six classrooms, a nursery and an office.

Together, they will have about 12,000 square feet of space and cost more than $1 million, Harduk said.

At the groundbreaking, Harduk gave a devotional from the book of Nehemiah and offered a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication for the building and God’s blessing on the church’s ministry, a release says. Members of the board of deacons also spoke on how they envisioned God would use the building and property in the coming years.

The new campus, which is on the north side of Benvenue Road just west of Thomas A. Betts Parkway, offers the congregation room for expansion.

“As we get this completed, hopefully if the ministry grows, we certainly have ample room for expansion,” Todd said. “We have over 40 acres of property out there.”

Said Harduk: “As the Lord would provide and bless, there are plans for additional classrooms and a family life center that would include a gymnasium. ... That’s something we’ll just have to wait upon the Lord (for).”

Mike Marguerat of Landmark Construction also gave a presentation at the groundbreaking on the appearance and layout of the building, the release says. Floor plans also are on display in Falls Road’s current sanctuary at 734 Falls Road.

Organized in 1956, Falls Road has about 100 members, Harduk said.

For information about the church, call 977-2400.