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Vision for Destiny Baptist is shared

October 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Children who attend services at Destiny Baptist Church in Martinsburg could one day receive an education about the biblical teachings of God's creation on Earth before they step inside the congregation's new worship center.

A site plan application approved Wednesday evening by the Martinsburg Planning Commission for the new church includes bio-retention areas to provide educational fodder for such subjects as botany and biology, Thomas R. Paquelet, the consulting planner, told commissioners. Paquelet also said that plans for an "environmental demonstration garden" are included in the church project.

The Rev. Ronald Paige, along with Bill Caskey of enVisioneering Faith LLC, told commissioners they anticipated site work could begin by the end of the year. Construction of a multipurpose building, the first phase of the project off Edwin Miller Boulevard and the yet-to-be built Raleigh Street extension, is expected to take about 12 months, Caskey said.

The multipurpose building also is expected to be used as a gymnasium and to accommodate Sunday school offices, in addition to regular services, according to Paquelet.

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As the church congregation grows, an auditorium for services with theater-style seating for 1,200 people is expected to be built, Paquelet said.

Church services are now held at Martinsburg High School because the congregation's building on Raleigh Street is too small.

The church is part of the congregation's 33-acre Destiny Pointe development, which includes the U.S. Coast Guard project now under construction and a Walgreens drugstore, which received site plan approval in August.

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