Upon This Rock: Capital Campaign & Building Plans

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

April 2017 Update:

The church family was invited to the April 25 Church Council meeting to hear updates from the Building and Finance Committees. If you missed the meeting, you can watch the presentation here.

A message from Senior Pastor Dr. Don Martin:

We had an outstanding Church Council meeting this past Tuesday evening. Building Committee Chair Arthur Letchas presented the plan for construction that I hope will begin this fall.

Our Building Committee has done excellent work. The changes and additions to our campus solve longstanding problems and create new opportunities to serve the people of the Alpharetta area. We will have a clear “front door” off Cumming Street. We will have a large gathering area where people can hang out and meet one another. We will promote our activities and service opportunities in this gathering area. We will create a new children’s building that will help us communicate the love of Jesus to children and their families. We will build new administration and education space that fronts Main Street. We will update the Methodist Youth Center so it functions more effectively for years to come.

This construction presents a real challenge for us because the cost will be approximately $10.5 million dollars. We wish we could make these changes in phases, but this approach is not wise or feasible. Larry Lascody and our Finance Committee presented the risks that come with debt. They also made us aware of the importance of our yearly cash flow.  Last year was the first time in more than a decade that we finished the year with a negative cash flow. We spent $161 thousand dollars more than we received.

We clearly need to tighten our belt on the expense side — and increase giving to the general ministry budget of the church right away. So, I am asking you to give more to your church before school is out. This will help our Finance Committee gain confidence that we can begin this construction and keep the lights on and ministries rolling at the church. I’m giving an extra $1,000 to the general budget life of the church today. I challenge you to do the same. Your gift may not be the same amount. Some should give more, and others will need to give less. The size of the sacrifice is what truly matters, not the size of the gift. 

The good news is that we now have collected over $4 million dollars for construction. The great news is that we will likely break ground in September, if you respond generously to this specific challenge.

Stepping forward in faith to build and serve will give us the opportunity to win men and women, boys and girls to Jesus Christ. Say your prayers today and ask God to show you what He wants our church to do and what He wants you to do. We will gather the church in June to vote and decide. Let’s do this.

To give by check, please write your check to AFUMC and note “Above and Beyond” on the memo line.

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.

July 2016 Update:

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