Getwell Road UMC breaks ground on new building


Getwell Road United Methdoist Church in Southaven began an estimated 12-month building project with a ground breaking ceremony on Sept. 30.

The ceremony included children of the church with hard hats and shovels, as well as other church members and representatives from both the building contractor Montgomery, Martin Contractors, LLC, and the architectural firm, McGehee, Nicholson and Burke. The current project includes a children’s building and an adult education/administrative building, plus parking expansion and water retention pond.

“Our project was approved by the Southaven Planning Commission Monday night,” says the Rev. Bill Beavers, senior pastor at Getwell Road, “so we’re wasting no time in getting started!”

The buildings are in direct response to the church’s growth in membership over the last few years, a by product of the church’s ministries and the rapid population growth in DeSoto County.

One wing of an existing building will be demolished within the next few weeks to allow for construction to begin. The church is offering some used building supplies and fixtures of the structure for sale at negotiable, fair market prices.

The church’s overall building plan for the future includes the addition of a new worship center and renovations to the existing Family Life Center to focus on the church’s youth.

“The new worship center will be built,” Beavers said, “during the next phase. Our most pressing need today is more room for our fast-growing children’s program as well as adult education and office space.”