In 1974, Rev. Rollins Gibbs of the Western N.C. Conference led the
building fund campaign for the construction of a new sanctuary. In August 1977, the first shovel of dirt was moved by Mrs. Mabel Crutchfield, the
oldest active member of Morris Chapel at the time. Construction began
in September of that year by Hugh G. Strickland, Inc. with Fred W. Butner as the architect. The building committee consisted of Bill Gordon, Don
Whicker, Wayne Biby, Orville Dillon, Ben Joyce, Bill Vanhoy & Harold
The first service
in the new sanctuary was held on December 10, 1978, led by the Rev. J.W.
Braxton & Arthur L. Chamblee, Jr. The sanctuary is still in use today for our 11:00am worship service. It is uniquely
octagon-shaped with two massive stained glass windows that tell
the story of God's movement in our world, and his continued presence in
our lives. The two separate windows are tied together by the Cross of
Jesus: the Old Testament window points to the coming of
Christ, while the New Testament window tells of His glorious appearing
and actions. A smaller chapel was also
constructed at the time using the stained glass windows, altar rail, altar furniture and pews from the "old" church. Our 8:45am worship service is still held in the chapel.
In 2006, another addition was planned for a new wing to house youth and adult classrooms and a new stage, which is where the 9:00am worship service is held today. The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Rev. Hal Schwantes and Rev. Chris Henson. The addition was completed in 2008 and is home to many activities in the life of the church.