Upon This Rock: Capital Campaign & Building Plans

“Upon this rock, I will build my church.”  Matthew 16:18

Since the 1800s, Alpharetta Methodist has shared the gospel of Jesus Christ in our community. When we look back, we see a rich heritage of welcoming people and inviting them to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

The City of Alpharetta is growing at a rapid pace, with the downtown area being revitalized and tens of thousands of people expected to move into neighboring communities in the next several years. Our church’s pastors, ministry leaders and members prayer often about how we can best share the good news of Christ in the face of these challenges.

“Upon this Rock” Capital Campaign

Alpharetta Methodist hired Dr. Michael Vilardo, of Transforming Christian Ministries, who guided the church in a capital campaign with a preliminary goal of $10 million during 2015. Church members Ron and Pam Schiftic served as co-chairs for the Capital Campaign Committee.

The Building Plans

The campus-wide building plan developed by Alpharetta Methodist’s Long Range Planning Committee (LRP) and CDH Architects updates our facilities to best meet the following objectives.

  • How do we reach the next generation with the good news of Jesus Christ?
  • How do we welcome the next guest?
  • What’s the next step in discipleship?
  • How do our facilities impact those goals?

The $10 million building plan includes:

  • Improved and expanded space for Children’s Ministry
  • New gathering spaces for fellowship and connection
  • A friendly and convenient front door for the church
  • Improved flow throughout the campus and effective placement of ministry areas
  • Renovations to the Methodist Youth Center that add more classrooms and two decks where youth can spend time in fellowship together.

View the building plans and architectural renderings.

Get answers to frequently asked questions.

Old Coins Can Help Us Achieve Our Capital Campaign Goal

Do you have some old coins stashed away? Are you hanging onto them, thinking they might be worth more than face value? Our Finance Office can put you in touch with a member of the church who’s a qualified coin collector/dealer. He will appraise and buy the coins, with the provision that the proceeds go to the Upon This Rock Capital Campaign. In addition, he will tithe, over and above his pledge, 10 percent of the value of the coins he purchases. Contact Financial Administrator Connie Powell to learn more.

September 2016 Update: Church Council approves contractor

On August 23 members of the Church Council unanimously approved entering into pre-construction planning with Van Winkle Construction.   The Building Committee sent out RFPs (requests for proposal) to 10 construction companies and ultimately invited four outstanding companies to participate in interviews. After seeking and receiving the endorsement of the Finance and Trustees Committees, the proposal was made to the Church Council to select Van Winkle. Van Winkle has been in business for 85 years and 80 percent of their previous projects have been churches. They also have extensive experience managing building projects on active campuses. This will be significantly important as we continue the normal activities of the church in the midst of the project. For more information on Van Winkle and their past projects, visit www.vanwinkleco.com.


The Building Committee will now move into the next phase of pre-planning for the $10 million project, including preparing an inventory of furnishings and equipment, meeting with ministry areas for more detailed design, and working with CDH engineers and designers in pre-construction testing and planning. The Building Committee will also begin working with Finance and Trustees to begin financial forecasting to determine when we will begin construction. Typically, we would need one-third of the project cost in the bank in order to break ground. For planning purposes, we will be ready to break ground in June 2017, if we have secured the funding needed.


We have received 523 pledges totaling $6,602,685, of which $2,285,566 has been received. If you have not yet considered your pledge/gift, we encourage you to seek God to determine how you can be part of the vision He has given us for the future of the church and community.

May 2016 Update


October 2015 Update