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Construction continues on track for East Coast Christian Center | Business

Construction continues as planned for the new East Coast Christian Center in Viera.

The nearly 22,000 square foot church, which is located on Viera Boulevard near Manatee Elementary School, will be completed by early summer, said Christian Hurston, associate pastor and project manager of the ECCC.

“We are on the right track and moving forward,” said Hurston after a recent service inside the auditorium at Viera High School. “COVID-19 hasn’t slowed us down at all. “

W&J Construction Corp. de Rockledge built the church.

“We have a great partnership with our builders,” said Hurston. “We continue to grow and move forward.

Hurston also announced some of ECCC’s new local and global initiatives for 2022:

Ministry of the Deaf Community: Increase our reach in the underserved Deaf community of Brevard County by providing sign language, closed captions and hearing assistance during services.

Children of Merritt Island Church: Building a life-giving church to reach more of our younger generation. We will be renovating the fifth and sixth grade classrooms to help create an environment they can be proud of.

Young adult learning: Extend its apprenticeship program on the east coast to all locations.

To plant a church in Cuba: Partnering with World Compassion by providing training, monthly pastoral support and rental assistance as well as building or acquiring properties to help establish churches in Cuba.

Empowerment of women: Partnering with Convoy of Hope to help save women around the world living in poverty by training and educating them in early childhood development, literacy, health and agriculture on a small scale.

Additionally, Hurston reported that the ECCC were planning to open a preschool at the new church site.

“We will open this in January 2023,” he said. “We are very excited about this.”

ECCC pastor Matt Stallbaum said the new church sits on virgin land – nothing has been built on it before. “We want it to be a church of hope and faith,” he said.

Since 2011, ECCC has used Viera High School for its services. The congregation consists of around 300 to 500 families.

“Over 150 families have attended our Connect Welcome Dinner over the past few months,” said Huston. “People are thrilled for our community and for joining the church.”

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