A time to grow: Pilgrim Rest's new pastor eyes church's expansion

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Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's congregation often exceeds the sanctuary's 225 seating capacity, according to church officials, who are planning an expansion. "It is absolutely crammed, packed in here on Sundays," new head pastor Geoff Prows said. "We actually had several people standing in the back (at a recent church service)."

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 03:03 PM.

BAKER —  Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's congregation is getting too big for its sanctuary.

"It is absolutely crammed, packed in here on Sundays," new head pastor Geoff Prows said. "We actually had several people standing in the back (at a recent church service)."

Church officials counted more than 400 faithful at a recent Sunday morning service, and regular attendance purportedly exceeds the 225 seating capacity.

But having an overflow of believers is "a good problem to have," the Tennessee native said, and there are plans to expand the sanctuary in the near future.

Church officials are working with Cosco & Associates Inc., an architecture and construction company, to determine optimal layout plans. A building fund has been set up for the project.

Prows, who recently relocated his wife and two children to Baker after church members voted him head pastor in October, said he is fortunate to serve a growing congregation. 

Aside from expansion, little else about Pilgrim Rest needs changing, Prows said.



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