Faith Chapel Christian Center

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Coordinates: 33°30′52″N 86°55′34″W / 33.51455°N 86.926178°W / 33.51455; -86.926178 Faith Chapel Christian Center (FCCC) is a non-denominational, Christian, megachurch located in Wylam, Alabama. The congregation, though largely African American, also consists of a variety of individuals from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The church has two campuses: their dome campus in which the main services are held, and their older campus in which youth services are held and various administrative offices and resources are located. FCCC is one of the largest churches in Birmingham..

Leadership[edit]

Dr. Michael D. Moore is the Faith Chapel pastor. As the executive Director, Dr. Moore heads up a committee of various FCCC Administrators. This team consists of full-time employees that manage different departments and ministries within FCCC.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Faith Chapel started in April, 1981 at Dr. Moore's residence in Wylam, northwest of Fairfield. The church began with four people: Dr. Moore, his wife, his mother, and a friend. The church grew and in six months moved out to Stallworth Funeral home in June 1981. After another year, the church moved to the YWCA in downtown Birmingham.

On February 1, 1982, FCCC sealed the bids for the sale of a 3.4-acre (14,000 m2), 7,645-square-foot (710.2 m2) McDonald Chapel School and were given the right to purchase the property. On July 10, 1983, with less than 30 people, they purchased the land. Between 1990 and 1995, several staff members were hired full-time. The Student Ministry, formerly Lively Stones Teen Church, was also established in 1990. In 1993, the Helps Ministry and the Evangelism Ministry were formed. In the same year, the main sanctuary was renovated, the children’s facility was completed, and the parking lot was paved. The first television broadcast aired in 1994, and in 1996 FCCC paid off $495,000 in about eight months to become debt free.[1]

The Word Dome[edit]

On April 29, 1999, FCCC purchased 37.6 acres (152,000 m2) of land for $237,000. This was the beginning of the multi-million-dollar "Word Dome" building project. On December 19, 1999, Faith Chapel broke ground on the new Dome facility. Construction was completed and use of the facility began on December 15, 2002. Of the $15 million cost, over 98% of the funds came from the within the church via its members. Faith Chapel never had to take out a loan to finance construction of the facility and it was completed entirely debt free, that is, without making use of debt financing.[citation needed]

The building is a concrete, monolithic dome. At 72 feet (22 m) tall, and 280 feet (85 m) in diameter it is the largest diameter monolithic dome designed by the Monolithic Dome Institute.[2] Its large size makes possible a floor area of 74,500 square feet (6,920 m2) in two levels.[3] Designed by Lathan Associates Architects, P.C., it was constructed by Gary C. Wyatt General Contractor, LLC., out of Birmingham.[4]

Present day[edit]

Today, Faith Chapel has a membership of over 6400 members[5] and is embarking on another multi-million-dollar project, their Family Activity Center.

The mission of this center is to provide a safe place for youth and adults to socialize. This $16.5 million project [6] is a six dome addition to FCCC's already vast property. The Groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 12, 2005. Of the six interconnected domes, two will measure 160 feet (49 m) in diameter and four will measure 140 feet (43 m) in diameter. The domes will house many amenities, including a 12-lane bowling alley, a teen dance club, a Christian adult smoke-free and alcohol-free nightclub with Christian entertainers, an indoor playground for children, a fitness center complete with strength training equipment, indoor track, and basketball courts, a banquet facility, and a lobby area with a centrally located climbing wall.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "FCCC History". Archived from the original on 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ "FCCC Monolithic Dome Facts". Archived from the original on 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Architectural Dome Facts". Archived from the original on 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Architectural Info". Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Amazon.com: Rich is NOT a bad word: Dr. Michael D. Moore: Books". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Concrete Update". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Family Activity Center Groundbreaking". Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 

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