It was overflow parking and standing room only as Springfield Baptist kicked off a three-day dedication celebration series May 3-4 for its home at the 43-acre Iris Drive campus in Conyers with nationally reknown guest preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes on Friday.
Bishop T.D. Jakes, advisor to three presidents and called the next Billy Graham, spoke on Friday, May 2, 7 p.m. Attendees began lining up as early as 2 p.m.
At least 3,000 filled the main sanctuary and overflow seating filled the lobby and the Springfield ministries building next door. Parking filled the entire parking lot, which is used by GRTA during the weekday for a park and ride location, and the sports fields behind the building.
Here are a few scenes from Friday night.
Bishop Walter Scott Thomas will preach May 3, 11 a.m.
SBC Head Pastor Eric W. Lee will give the Sunday, May 4 services, 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A ground breaking ceremony will be held Sunday,10 a.m. to dedicate its new home.
Springfield Baptist Church officially signed on the dotted line and closed on the $12-million, 25-year purchase of its property on Iris Drive next to Interstate 20.
The property, previously owned by Church in the Now, had initially been posted at $18.8 million in 2011 when it went into foreclosure.
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SOURCE: Rockdale News