$130 million church opens in Dallas

March 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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DALLAS, March 30 (UPI) -- First Baptist Church of Dallas members will worship at their new $130 million campus Easter Sunday next to the church's historic 122-year-old sanctuary.

"Our dream was to create a spiritual oasis in the middle of downtown Dallas," Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas congregation, said in a statement. "We incorporated some of the newest technology available to offer an interactive worship opportunity unlike any other. In addition, though able to seat thousands of people, the Worship Center still provides an intimate church feeling, rather than a convention center experience."

The megachurch's new 3,000-seat Worship Center includes a 150-foot-wide IMAX-quality video wall stretching more than two-thirds the width of the auditorium. It incorporates seven high-definition projectors blended together, making it one of the largest viewing screens in any church in the world, Jeffress said.

Wood bands along the walls surrounding the Worship Center contain LED strips that can be programmed to millions of different colors, creating dramatic ambient lighting to supplement and enhance any platform program, Jeffress said.

Connected to the Worship Center via a glass sky bridge is a five-story building featuring children's and youth classrooms, a gymnasium, three age-appropriate indoor playgrounds and a seven-story parking garage.

A fountain serves as the grand entrance to the new campus, featuring a stainless steel cross atop a pedestal rising 68-feet high.

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