Jason and Tracey Haskell, center, founders of the New Creation Church, talk with contractors about progress on the church’s new building Monday at 520 Westridge Road. The church’s new building will be 6,000 square feet and will cost $1.2 million. It is on schedule to be completed in September.

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Jason and Tracey Haskell, center, founders of the New Creation Church, talk with contractors about progress on the church’s new building Monday at 520 Westridge Road. The church’s new building will be 6,000 square feet and will cost $1.2 million. It is on schedule to be completed in September.

Craig church restarts construction after 10-month funding block

At a glance

• New Creation Church building new location at 520 Westridge Road.

• Building will be 6,000 square feet and will seat about 230 members.

• Project estimated to cost $1.2 million and expected to finish in September.

• Building will feature offices, bookstore, rooms for children’s ministry, kitchen.

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Jason and Tracey Haskell pose in front of the New Creation Church’s new building Monday at 520 Westridge Road. The Haskells founded the church in 2001 but it has outgrown its current location inside Centennial Mall. The new location will be 6,000 square feet and will seat about 230 members in its sanctuary.

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Pictured is a rendering of how New Creation Church’s new building in west Craig will look once its completed in September.

The Rev. Jason Haskell preaches the “power of being born again” to his congregation at New Creation Church.

The message, it would seem, now applies to the building in which Haskell’s congregation will worship.

The church, which Haskell founded with his wife, Tracey, in 2001, will find a new home at 520 Westridge Road by the end of the summer.

Its new building will be twice the size of its current location in the west wing of Centennial Mall.

For Haskell, the church’s new location is the “next step of maturity.”

“We’re just growing up as a church,” he said. “We have outgrown our space in the mall, but we have also recognized the importance of owning property and building as a step of growth into the future of what God has called us to do.”

The church will be 6,000 square feet and will seat about 230 members in its sanctuary. The church owns four acres of property, which will seat the church, but the building will only occupy two acres. The other two acres are being saved for future development.

In addition to the sanctuary, the new church will feature offices, a bookstore, rooms for children’s ministry and a kitchen.

The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million. It is being funded through donations from its congregation members, its “plant” church, New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs, and investors from Dallas.

Haskell said New Creation is a “spirit-filled church,” and he preaches passionate, energetic worship to the current congregation of about 150 residents.

Since founding the church, Haskell has seen attendance grow, prompting him to seek a larger and more permanent location.

But this isn’t the first time construction has started on the church’s four acres on the west side of Craig.

Planning of the new church started in March of 2008. Construction began shortly after but was stopped when the company funding the project went under with the bad economy, Haskell said.

The company that folded on the project, Haskell said, helped New Creation find additional companies to fund the project.

“It was a time of exercising patience and faith as we waited until things got realigned and the project could move forward,” Haskell said.

But, Haskell said he put his trust in a higher power that the project would be completed.

“We knew what God had told us to do,” he said. “He told us to build, and we stood upon his word and trusted what he told us.”

Holmquist-Lorenz Construc-

tion Company, of Steamboat Springs, began construction of the project on May 10 after 10 months of inactivity.

The project is slated to be complete by the end of September.

So far, the outside walls, roof, windows and majority of the structural and foundation work have been completed.

Crews are currently working on electrical wiring and plumbing inside the building. The parking lot will be re-compacted and asphalt poured within the next few weeks. The roof and sheet rock inside of the building will be installed in July.

The new church will not only allow the congregation to stretch its legs out and welcome additional members, but also provide an expanded home base for its international missions, Haskell said.

New Creation Church, Haskell said, is a “local church with a world vision.”

Members of the church have taken several mission trips to South America, Asia and Africa.

“Our heart is just to be a blessing to our local community, and then shine that same light to the nations,” Haskell said.

Haskell said he hopes New Creation will remain in the community a long time with the new building.

He said the building is designed to allow for easily-constructed future additions on the two acres the church has to expand upon.

“We see ourselves growing out of it at some point and maybe using it as a multi-purpose facility and building a larger sanctuary later down the road … but, I don’t know how many years that may be,” Haskell said.

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