March 11, 2019 – After more than seven years of fundraising and three master plans, this week Lewis Contractors broke ground for the new Church of the Resurrection expansion on Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville. The ceremony was the culmination of a more than yearlong pre-construction effort on the part of the Lewis team to ensure that the new structure will serve both the existing congregation and new members who continue to join the Church in ever-increasing numbers.
Just thirteen years ago, Church of the Resurrection—a member of the Anglican Church in North America—began as a prayer group of only a dozen members meeting in a private home. Since then, the Church has grown to be home to nearly 400 congregants. With its primary focus on being a multi-generational Church, groundbreaking celebrations were attended by Resurrection congregants ranging from kindergarteners to founding members.
The new addition will abut the existing Church sanctuary/classroom structure that will remain operational throughout the more than one-year construction schedule. This new 22,000 SF building will house a sanctuary with seating for 350 parishioners, a choir loft capable of seating a choir of more than 50 members, gathering space, a servery, classrooms and a second story with offices, library and meeting spaces. Located directly behind the sanctuary chancel will be a small chapel with a dedicated exterior entry intended for use for small services or quiet reflection.
Designed as a traditional Anglican worship facility by LS3P Associates, the new building will feature a lofty sanctuary ceiling height, arched windows, new feature entry on Greenspring Avenue, and new learning spaces for the ever-growing Church Children’s Ministry. The exterior of the building will include traditional masonry laid in a Flemish Bond pattern, Butler Stone base, and pre-cast details similar to many other colonial style worship facilities. Future phases of the project will renovate the existing sanctuary for meeting and classroom programs.
Prior to purchasing the existing worship facility and its 7.5 acre site, formerly home to Carroll’s Gill Methodist Church, Resurrection members worshipped at the Sheraton Hotel in Towson and at Rainbow Hill. Rainbow Hill is the historic former home to General Douglas McArthur and his wife, and cherry trees given to the General and his wife as a wedding gift from Isoroku Yamamoto, Imperial Japanese Navy Minister and Prime Minister during World War II, still flourish to this day.
Work is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2020 Easter celebration. The official dedication and consecration is scheduled for Pentecost 2020. The Church plans to have the new building consecrated by Resurrection’s current bishop, Reverend John A. M. Guernsey, first Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic of the Anglican Church in North America; Resurrection’s original presiding Bishop Tito Zavala, later the first Latin American Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America, and the Resurrection clergy.