Faith Chapel Christian Center

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The Faith Chapel Christian Center (FCCC) is a 7,000-member nondenominational church located at 100 Lexington Street in Wylam. The congregation meets in the 3,000-seat "Word Dome", and has constructed several other dome-roof structures for other functions on its 140-acre campus.

Faith Chapel was founded in April 1981 by Michael Moore at his home in Wylam. After a few months the growing group began meeting at Stallworth Funeral Home, and then at Birmingham's Downtown YWCA. In July 1983 the church, then numbering 30 members, purchased the former McDonald Chapel School. Growing quickly to fill its new space, Faith Chapel founded the Lively Stones Teen Church for youth worship in 1990 and began airing its services on television in 1994.

On April 29, 1999 Faith Chapel purchased the first parcel of its Lexington Street campus. Moore was led by the spirit to prepare for construction of a 3,000 seat dome for the church. On December 19 the church broke ground on the $15 million Word Dome, which opened on December 15, 2002 and was financed entirely by contributions, without debt. The 72-foot tall, 280-foot diameter monolithic dome enclosed 61,575 square feet and is the largest ever constructed using the air-formed process promoted by the "Monolithic Dome Institute" of Italy, Texas. The building was designed by Lathan Associates Architects who partnered with Rick Crandall of Arizona, an Institute-affiliated architect. It was constructed by Wyatt, using Dome Technology of Idaho Falls, Idaho as the subcontractor for the dome structure itself.

In 2005 Faith Chapel broke ground on a $16.5 million six-dome "City of Deliverance" expansion project. The expansion includes two 164-foot diameter domes and four 144-foot diameter domes. The facilities include an indoor playground with a 50-foot "Noah's Ark" and climbing tower, an entertainment bistro, a youth disco, a two-court gymnasium, a 1,200-seat banquet room, a 12-lane bowling alley, and a food court. Architect LeLand Gray of LPDJ Architects in Salt Lake City, Utah contributed to the design. The development of the family activity center is ongoing.

Later that same year the church hired Monolithic Constructors of Italy, Texas to cover the Word Dome with ceramic tiles.

References

  • Garrison, Greg (June 17, 2005) "Domes of Faith: Faith Chapel Christian Center already has a 3,000-seat domed worship center. The independent church will build six more on its 37-acre campus in Wylam." Birmingham News

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