A vaulted ceiling and wall-to-wall windows define the new 200-seat fellowship hall at Union Hill Baptist Church in Clemmons, N.C. The church dedicated the new building on March 22 with guests in attendance that included U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, State Rep. Debra Conrad, Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt and Clemmons Mayor Nick Nelson.
U.S Rep. Virginia Foxx, left, seen here with Christopher Burcham, pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church in Clemmons, was among the visitors to the church’s new fellowship hall.
Union Hill is the oldest Baptist church in Forsyth County. It began in 1851 with 46 members and 164 years later it continues ministering to its community.
In 2012 Christopher Burcham, pastor of Union Hill, called together a group of members to lead the construction effort. The congregation voted in 2013 to move forward with the project, followed by a ground-breaking ceremony at the site later in the year.
The recent addition is Union Hill’s first since the 1950s. The building covers over 6,000 square feet and also includes new offices and classrooms. “Our old fellowship hall,” Burcham told Winston-Salem Journal, “was located in the basement: tiny, claustrophobic and, for the elderly or handicapped, all but impossible to get into.” Now their gathering place is accessible and full of natural light, according to the Journal. “It’s everything our old one was not,” Burcham said.
Though the project cost more than expected, the church was able to pay the $615,000 price tag and now owns it debt free.