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Albany- It will be one year ago Monday that the Gillionville Baptist Church broke ground on their new sanctuary.

Church members held their first service, a dedication service, Sunday. The new 24,000-square foot sanctuary can seat up to a thousand people for worship and other classrooms and support facilities were added.

Jim Thomas, a member of the congregation, constructed a stained glass window for the church.  A comment from the pastor inspired the pulpit.

"The pulpit was made by one of the marines in our church. He's never made a pulpit before and he came up to me and asked me if he could make it, and I said, well I just want to stand behind the old rugged cross," said Pastor Tony Haefs.

Over the last four years, membership at Gillionville Baptist Church has increase from 40 to close to 800, prompting the expansion.

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