Holy Cross was led by the Lord to start the Building for Christ initiative in March 2004 when a total of 10 acres were purchased and given to the church. Shortly thereafter 7 more acres (where the Eagle Nest is now located) were donated. Ground was broken in October 2004 to start Phase I and our first worship service in the new main building was held in December 2005. The Youth Center was completed soon thereafter. In mid-2006 another 3+ acres were donated to the church.
In the fall of 2008, during a season of discernment and prayer, our church leaders sensed God directing them to make the development of education at HCAC a priority. This was to include weekday school and adult Christian formation. It was, and is, clear that HCAC is a church for all ages, and must be committed to being church throughout the entire week, not just on Sundays. Also it is clear that this requires stewardship, planning, and adequate staffing, both volunteer and paid.
During 2012 HCAC was able to complete Phase I with the renovation of the Manna House for the use of our Diocesan Offices and the acquisition of 4+ additional acres, bringing the campus to 24.45 acres in total. During this time church leaders clarified the church’s commitment to move forward into the next phases of Building for Christ, only on a “pay as you go basis.” We would know it was the Lord’s timing when the needed funds were on hand.
In the fall of 2012, the Lord greatly blessed through generosity of the HCAC family. In a few short weeks the Capital Campaign brought in the funds/pledges needed to move ahead with Phase II.
Based on the Master Plan developed earlier, Phase II included several components: additional access to the church from Brand Road, re-grading of our property to meet county water run-off requirements, new signage, resurfacing of the current parking lot, and other preparations needed for construction in future phases.
Phase II is now complete!
Phase III, when it is undertaken, will be in two parts. First the design and construction of a new offices for the Church and it's clergy and staff. Once those are in place, we will began a renovation the current narthex/office/parlor area - openning up those current areas to create an inviting space for fellowship, a welcome center, and a new nursery/reception area.