Bethel United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH
“This is the second time we have worked on a project with the McKnight Group.
The ministry orientation of the company is extraordinary, and the creative ideas McKnight offers for configuring attractive and user-friendly ministry space, exceptional. David has been patient and compliant with our internal church decision making processes–truly an experienced professional. And with a Christ centered spirit of encouragement, McKnight offers all kinds of helpful ideas…from design, to fundraising, to best practices for analyzing ministry performance. If you are thinking about building a facility or expansion, work with McKnight!”
Frank Luchsinger, Pastor
Formerly of Bethel United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH
Belmont Christian Church, Christiansburg, VA
“The direction given to our church before, during and after construction of our new campus proved to be invaluable. We consider McKnight to be partners in our ongoing ministry to our community and beyond.”
James “Beaver” Terry
Belmont Christian Church, Christiansburg, VA
Beavercreek Nazarene, Beavercreek, OH
Wanted to drop you a letter of deep appreciation for the relationship with your company this past year in the new addition and the renovation of our sanctuary, constructed by your company in 1993. The whole process for me was a learning experience being I had never been involved in a building project in my previous 27 years of ministry. Every person we encountered in the process from initial planning through the completion of the project was extremely helpful and accommodating.
When I came to Beavercreek in 1997, I became aware of the name McKnight because of your previous association with BCN through the pastor at the time, Jim Mahan. I heard many good comments about that previous experience, which made the decision easier in regards to the company that we would use for this project. As with all projects, I became aware, not everything was perfect and smooth but the relationship was more than just a builder/congregation setting. It was a relationship built on working together for the best interest of the church. The process of communication was truly a learning experience. The relationship of one side wanting to work at a professional level but also at a personal level to work the process through to a satisfactory completion.
I want to personally acknowledge the working relationship with Dick “Senior” Cornell and Roe “Junior” Watkins on the site. Both these individuals were of tremendous help to me throughout the whole project. Always willing to answer “amateur” (that’s why I’ll stick to the senior pastorate) questions. The very stern and concerned professionalism that was projected in doing the job right, was seen in every area of the project. Making the sub-contractors follow through on what they were supposed to and being very determined to make it right. Dick and Roe were more help than any expressions I could make in this letter. They always had time for me to show them this or that in regards to something I had seen on my walk through the building, which was quite often I might say. The impression they gave to me was that I was important to them. They made me feel like they were part of my family and wanted to make sure things were right. The personal side was such a blessing to our people in this long process. Even though there were bumps along the way they were constantly being smoothed out by the people we come in contact with from The McKnight Group. It is my intent for you to once again pass on to these gentlemen my heart felt appreciation for making this building program such a wonderful experience. Am I ready for another one with this kind of feeling? Not quite, but this experience was truly a good one for me thanks to these men.
Also, I want to thank Dale Taylor for his continued servant heart to BCN. It seemed to me he had the rough task of being the go-between. That is not the easiest in the world. Dale was very professional and personal. His attitude of working with the customer to do whatever needs to be done for the relationship to stay intact was a strong point of this whole process working. Thank you, Dale for your customer service attentiveness.
This letter is intended to be an open letter for anyone that might be considering The McKnight Group for their building project. My experience with them places the whole organization in an overly high rating recommendation. Thank you for a building that is reaching our neighborhoods for Christ. What you did for us in this project was give us usable space to allow our community to know they are welcome at BCN. This building is their building. The functionality of the facility can be attributed to the relationship of The McKnight Group to the people of BCN. Thanks for being a part of our vision “Bridging Church to Neighborhoods.”
Kevin J. Wentworth
First Church of the Nazarene, Indianapolis, IN
I am writing to commend you, without reservation, the first quality work of McKnight and Hosterman, architects. Our $6,000,000.00 project for First Church of the Nazarene was professionally and thoroughly handled by the McKnight and Hosterman organization.
Their experience became a reservoir of information from which we drew repeatedly. Their attitude, expertise and sensitivity to our desires made the project the overwhelming success we had prayed for.
As we look to the future, anticipating a $10,000,000.00 expansion program, McKnight and Hosterman will be my choice.
Please feel free to contact me personally if you have further questions.
Peace United Methodist Church, Pickerington, OH
I truly appreciated working with McKnight. Their ability to translate our ministry dreams into a cutting edge facility was inspiring. They listened, encouraged and walked with us through the entire process. I am grateful for their flexibility, commitment and desire to create a ministry solution that not only met but exceeded our needs. They care deeply about the church and its mission!
Peace United Methodist Church
Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, Wellsburg, WV
The single most important piece that God provided to BHFMC was The McKnight Group as our partner in both designing and building our new construction project. To a person, everyone from The McKnight Group was consummate professionals, excellent business partners, and most important Christ-like examples of God’s outrageous love.
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Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Oskaloosa, IA
As a great innovative team, they took our congregation’s dream and turned it into a relevant and cutting edge tool that now attracts people. Our two-year-old structure is now home to some strategic ministries that have changed the life of our congregation for the better.
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Berachah Church, Middletown, OH
Middletown, Ohio, located between Cincinnati and Dayton, is a thriving city of 50,000 surrounded by several other communities such as Franklin, Trenton and Monroe, Close to the center of Middletown’s sprawling 25 square miles was the 50 year old, no longer in operation, Verity Middle School, situated on 60 acres of beautiful open and wooded space. Early in 2015 Berachah Church, with a congregation of less than 400, was able to secure this property.
After looking at several church builders, Berachah chose McKnight because of their willingness to tackle an old building with many challenges, and because of their basic design concepts to best utilize the available space. There were, in fact, even more “old building” problems to deal with than we ever expected, but in the end they were all resolved.
As we moved into the “new” building in September 2016, the design really shone through and is still evidenced by the comments of our many visitors and by our own members as they use the new space week after week. It is perhaps most important to mention the unique design decision to split the old school stage to connect the awesome 500 seat sanctuary (the old gym), and the huge Gateway Welcome Center (the old cafeteria).
We continue to be awed by these spaces, and the well-designed children’s area. God has surely blessed!! Berachah (meaning a place of blessing) is well recognized in the Middletown area and continues to grow. We look forward to the next phase of expansion and eventually to the building of a much larger worship center.