September 11, 2013

NEW ALLEN — Wesley Christian School held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 25 for their future gymnasium.

Members of Allen Christ United Methodist Church and students of Wesley Christian School began the service in song, and the guests were led in a prayer over the upcoming project.

The Rev. Kenneth LeMaster, pastor of Allen CUMC and superintendent of Wesley Christian School, told guests how blessed the Christian school has been over the course of its existence since 1998. As a private school, Wesley Christian has no funding from governmental sources, and relies solely on the benevolence from supporters of the school.

“God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ,” Lemaster quoted, as he demonstrated how God has provided for WCS over the years.

Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, pastor of Auxier Freewill Baptist Church and head coach for the girls’ high school basketball team, along with his daughter-in-law, Angie Price-Spencer, followed Lemaster with a presentation of a $3,000 donation from the Jason Spencer Memorial Fund. The money was raised at a recent motorcycle ride memorial event.

Rev. Spencer said this year’s donation is designated to the new gym, and there are plans to create a scholarship fund in the future.

Guests were then led to the building site, where ground was broken by Spencer, church member Lucy Kinzer, church member Aaron Derossett, Lemaster, WCHS boys’ basketball coach Jack Jarrell and WCHS volleyball coach Teresa Damron. Guests were dismissed in prayer led by Rev. Lemaster.

Wesley Christian’s new gymnasium facility will be 24,000 square feet, seating 1,000 spectators. It will consist of four locker rooms, a concession area and hospitality room, coaches offices, and hardwood court area, providing a venue for basketball, volleyball and archery, as well as music and drama.

“This is one of the most exciting events since our high school opened,” Lemaster said. “It will open a world of opportunities for Wesley Christian School.”

The new gymnasium is projected to be open for the 2014-15 school year.