Desperation Church holds ribbon cutting for brand new building

Pastor Any Heis and Mayor Woody Jacobs among the many smiling faces present for the building’s ribbon cutting ceremony (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Desperation Church held the official ribbon cutting for their new facility Thursday, Nov 4. Desperation Church’s new building, located at 510 5th St SW, site of the old Cullman Civic Center, has taken almost 18 months to complete renovations. Though many of the event s that were previously hosted at the civic center will be moved, Desperation Pastor Andy Heis still wants the church to be a place for community. At Thursday’s ribbon cutting, Heis said, “We want this to be a community building. I couldn’t imagine spending multi-million dollars on a building to just use on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. If people need it, its open. This is your building.”

A view of the new stage setup at Thursday’s ceremony (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

Included in the renovations is a coffee shop in the lobby. There are new children’s classrooms and a sensory room for special needs children. The auditorium has all new chairs and an extended stage, and there are several multi-purpose rooms with chairs and tables in which the community can use as needed.

The lines in the parking lot spaces even read “welcome home” so that newcomers know they are welcomed as soon as they get out of their car.

Desperation Church will continue to use the building across from Depot Park where it’s been since the church began in 2010. It will be used as a student center and college campus.

Many of the events that were held at the former civic center will be moved to the City’s new sports and events complex when that building is finalized. The voting precinct at the civic center will be moved to the Donald E. Green Senior Center.

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