Berachah Baptist Church

Design and Ministry Needs

Berachah Baptist Church has been a mobile congregation looking for a permanent location when Verity Middle School came up for sale.  Advantages of purchasing the school included more acreage for future development, the size of the building that could be transformed into ministry space, price, location and good visibility.  Renovating and re-purposing the property will be as the pastor stated; “a catalyst allowing us to bless this community more powerful than ever before.”


Redeeming this former school into a tool for the church through remodeling was an exciting transformation.  The existing gymnasium was converted into a multi-ministry worship space with an AVL booth and seating for 500+. The new entry addition allows light into the space, and a new cafe with multiple seating areas were created in the old cafeteria.  Additional features include new restrooms, a family restroom, transforming the old school offices and music rooms into a children’s wing with a secure check-in and classrooms, and remodeling the old library into offices for staff.


The brand new entrance at the existing parking lot now connects the community’s former school with a new worship center in Middletown, Ohio.

Project Details

Berachah Baptist Church
Middletown, OH

Renovation of Abandoned School into a Worship Facility | Foyer | Restrooms | Cafe | Offices | Classrooms | Children’s Wing

Square Feet:
31,560 New Facility

Project Completed:
August 2016

For more information
please contact:
The McKnight Group
(614) 875-1689
(800) 625-6448

Case Study

“As we moved into the “new” building, 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.”

-Lamar Ferrell, Lead Pastor