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3/1/2013 4:07:00 PM
Much anticipated new church almost finished
Pastors Bob Luhn and Timm Taff walk toward the entrance of their church’s new 22,000-square-foot building located on 10th Ave. Photo by Erik Pague.
Pastors Bob Luhn and Timm Taff walk toward the entrance of their church’s new 22,000-square-foot building located on 10th Ave. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

A brand-new, 22,000-square-foot church is quickly approaching completion and two pastors couldn't be more excited to see the long process of getting it built come to its end. Construction for the new meeting place of the Othello Church of the Nazarene is slated to wrap up by late March and pastors Bob Luhn and Timm Taff are hoping they'll be able to get settled there just in time for an Easter service.
Luhn, who's been a pastor with the church for almost 33 years, said the project took its first steps about nine years ago and construction officially began last summer. Luhn and Taff agree the project has gone well thanks to volunteer help and the quality of their construction crew.
When asked about how the process went, Taff said it's been "phenomenal."
"Because of the building team we have, the diversity on it and the contract we've had - I've already had people ask if we'd do it again and I would if we had the same contractor," Taff said.
When searching for a crew to build the new church, Taff said they had to have built a church before, give preference to local supply and subcontracting companies and, most importantly, be open to allowing volunteers to pitch in help. Blew's Construction from Spokane met those requirements for Taff and the rest of the church.
"The contractor we chose had all those ideas and so they've really been so hopeful," Taff said. "We figure we've saved $50,000 to $70,000 of our budget using volunteers."
The church has had up to 20 volunteers working at times helping with things like tying up rebar, painting and cleaning up the job site.
"We've got a lot of great craftsmen in our church so we wanted to give them an opportunity," Taff said.
During a short tour, Taff and Luhn pointed out some of the best features of their new building and while they passed through the wide halls, ran into one volunteer donating his time using a floor scraper to help tidy up some debris from the recent drywall installation.
The main feature of the building is the central stage that can seat more than 400 people during a service. There's also multiple classrooms, offices, a preschool with a playground, a smaller chapel and conference rooms spread throughout the massive building.
The extra space is an exciting prospect for the pastors who designed much of the building with the community in mind and hope the public will want to host their own events there.
"All kinds of groups have used our building in the past," Luhn said. "We didn't build this for our benefit. We built it for the whole benefit of the town."
The new church is located at 835 S. 10th Ave. and the pastors are hoping to have a walkthrough and grand opening near the end of April.

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