Eastridge invites community to debut of new campus
March 16, 2010
By David Hayes
When the congregation of Eastridge Christian Assembly outgrew its current facility, its leaders decided to go big for their next church.
A ribbon cutting for the new building is March 20 and the community will get its first look at the upgrades designed for its growing needs.
“The new building is almost four times bigger than the current size,” said senior pastor Steve Jamison. “The area for children alone is the size of the current building.”
To welcome the congregation, organizers are rolling out the red carpet. In addition to city and state dignitaries invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, Eastridge Christian Assembly has invited guest speakers Matthew Barnett, best-selling author of “The Church That Never Sleeps,” and Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md. To cap the festivities off is a performance by Grammy nominated artist Matthew West.
Established in 1964, Eastridge Christian Assembly had been on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road since the 1990s. When the sanctuary’s seating capacity of 400 inside a 17,500 square-foot building could not fully service a congregation of 1,300, it was time to move.
Jamison said the process began in the early 2000s, and a large parcel of land was purchased in 2002. Actually a couple blocks apart, the visual sightline of the two facilities makes it appear the two driveways lead right to one another.
The new facility — at 72,000 square feet and encompassing 20 acres — is now the ideal place for families to build upon their lives, Jamison said.
“A lot of thought went into every piece,” he said.
The new sanctuary seats 1,450 on a tiered design, making it easier for those in the back to see over the heads of those closer to the stage.
Jamison added that the sanctuary’s lateral design also allows more to fit in closer to the stage. In addition, it doubles as a banquet hall where tables can be set with seating for 800 or more. He confirmed the church has already received multiple requests to host future events, but won’t say who just yet.
The new campus has design features throughout to attract its core audience — families. In the entrance is a café/lounge area. Mid building is an indoor play park, Adventure Land, with tree houses for the kids. It flows into the classrooms. Next to that is the community area for youth with its own mini-stage for productions and other community events.
“We’ve put a big emphasis on being family oriented,” Jamison said. “We’re trying to see how we can best serve families in our community, adding benefits and value, both spiritual and practical.”
List of events
Eastridge Christian Assembly new campus dedication
Ribbon cutting and First Service: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 20
Matthew West concert, with guest speaker Pastor John K. Jenkins — 6-9 p.m.