Liberty Christian Fellowship Church plans 15,000-sq. ft. family life center

By on August 2, 2022

Liberty Christian’s Fellowship’s proposed family life center.

Liberty Christian Fellowship Church in Colington plans to break ground on a two-story, 15,000-square-foot family life center this fall that will include a gymnasium, dining hall and commercial kitchen, as well as office spaces and classrooms.

During its August 1 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners lent its support to the project by unanimously approving an amendment to the church’s Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow for the new building that will be located off Williams Drive, across the street from the church.

The original SUP granted by the county in 2009 paved the way for the construction of the existing 10 cabins at its adjacent Camp Emmanuel site, which hosts youth camps and retreats at various times each year.

“It’s been a long-term vision for our Fellowship for over thirty years,” Liberty Christian Fellowship Pastor Scott Hobbs told the commissioners. “For over thirty years, [the church] has had this heart for the local community, and for children and families to have a place where lives could be impacted…We’re just in a time and a season where [the center] is a next step for us, not only as part of the mission we have as a church, but really as an investment in the community.”

Liberty Christian Fellowship also has a long history of serving Thanksgiving dinner to several thousands of people each year.

Hobbs said the center would be an extension of the camp, which serves several hundred youth each summer. With a commercial-grade kitchen, it will be used to feed campers and provide recreational and meeting space for camp programs. He added that during the off-season, he envisions it being available for after-school programs as well as enrichment and outreach programs for families.

The pastor also said the space will allow the church to partner with other local churches as well as non-profit organizations for programming opportunities.

“It opens a lot of new possibilities,” he told the Voice.

Once ground is broken, likely in late September or early October, it will take 12 to 18 months for the building to open its doors, Hobbs estimated.

The building will sit on a 600,000-square-foot parcel and an existing gravel parking lot with 47 spaces, currently used by the church for overflow parking and Camp Emmanuel, will also be utilized by the new center. According to Dare County Planning Director Noah Gilliam, a state low density stormwater permit is required, and the site will use an existing pond and a wooded parcel on the property for stormwater containment and infiltration.

Commissioner Danny Couch offered kudos to the church for its plans to build the family life center.

“This is the kind of thing that is going to make opportunities for kids,” he said. “This is something that is not just going to belong to Liberty and the central part of the beach, but it’s going to be for the entire Outer Banks — from the Sanderling line all the way down to Hatteras Inlet.”




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  • Look@See

    What an awesome place for the kids. I pray they continue to be successful.

    Wednesday, Aug 3 @ 8:57 am
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