Mountain Park Community Church is moving to a new location, as its old space was in the way of the new 202 South Mountain freeway. Heather Bennett, communications coordinator, and Allan Fuller, senior pastor, say it’s a bittersweet process.
Nick Oza/The Republic
They are coming. Machines that grind mesquite trees down to piles of wood chips, that break concrete into slabs, that take out buildings and flatten ground.
The machines have cleared a wide swath where homes once stood, leaving nothing but a few piles of debris as workers clear the way for the Loop 202 freeway, also known as the South Mountain Freeway, a 22-mile section of freeway that will connect the East Valley with the west.
In the middle of the swath stands Mountain Park Community Church. Members of the church look back on the past as they get ready to leave the only building they’ve ever owned, as they get ready to move to a new building with more space.
A church is more than just a building, Senior Pastor Allan Fuller is quick to point out, but the memories are not easily dismissed.
“It’s a very emotional time for the people in our church, particularly those who were here 20 years ago and were part of building it. This…
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