KINGMAN - Members of the Hilltop Foursquare Community church gathered Thursday on the site of their future church in North Kingman.
Pastor Norm Taylor, who has led the congregation for 11 years, said the new church, which will be located at the corner of Thompson Avenue and Rose Lane, is intended to bring ministry to an area where few churches exist.
The church will be renamed the Long Mountain Community Church but still retain the Foursquare identity, Taylor said.
The $2 million facility was made possible by the donation of 3.8 acres of land by Dr. John Lingenfelter and his wife, Diana. Lingenfelter said he supports the church's mission of relocating to the area,
The church, with about 250 members, is currently located at 2215 Emerson Ave., near Davis Park. Taylor said the church will continue to use that facility until the completion of the new church, which is expected to break ground in the next 60 days.
"This is just one big Hallelujah," said Merle Quimby, who served as pastor of the church when it first opened in Kingman 51 years ago.
Taylor's wife, Pearl, helped design the new facility so that the land behind the church would be a "safe zone" for kids to play away from the road. She said plans also include a walking park in the area to be shared by the community.
The transfer of ownership of the land had been discussed for several years by the Lingenfelters and Quimby, who knew the couple while he served as chaplain for six years at the Lingenfelter Center and the Gardens.
The land is appraised at a value of around $500,000.