Although the Faithful Servers only adopted a name for themselves about four years ago, the business of feeding others in the community has a long tradition at the church.
Pastor Gary Elsten takes a simple view of it, pointing to Scripture in the book of John. ““Feed my sheep.’ We take that literally,” said Elsten.
With all that culinary expertise, a huge heart for the community and bold vision, the church purchased a former tool and die factory across the street. They are currently finishing up remodeling the space to be used as a community center.
“We wanted a place for the youth to attend and have a place to go in the community,” said Ousley. “This building is for kids. This building is for the community.” It’s an impressive undertaking for a church that draws about 100 people into services on Sunday in the small community.
“We feel like we’re doing what God’s calling us to do in Frankton,” said Elsten. “We’re calling it The Factory – it’s nothing like a church.”
The 12,000- square-foot facility is being renovated under the leadership of contractor Bill Fredericks. Drywalling, plumbing, wiring, ductwork are rapidly transforming the space. Cost of the renovations is in the neighborhood of $550,000. The building was picked up for a mere $150,000. The new facility will accommodate up to 300 people.
“We’ll have a much larger kitchen,” said Ousley. In fact, he said the new kitchen will be about 3.5 times the size of the current facilities. All kinds of equipment has been donated, some of it from Red Gold and Ball Memorial Hospital, including a 10-burner range, a giant fridge, tables and chairs, a pizza oven, soup vat and more.
“We hope to have a place for young people to go after ball games,” said Ousley. “We hope we use that pizza oven a lot.”