Church expansion construction underway for former night club

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Construction on the former Hattiesburg Hunt Club is now underway.

The building off of Highway 49  will now be the home of Venture Church, an outreach program that is an expansion of First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg.

Byron Malone, the pastor for Venture Church, said he hoped the new location would help the ministry grow.

"You know one of the things we began to do at Venture Church was look for a second location to go into a multi site program with our ministry.  And so we began looking for a place to to launch a new site two years ago, but this really began to come together last fall," said Malone.

"We have 500 hundred people right now who are Committed from our Lincoln rd campus to come help us launch this campus here at the hunt club facilities, so we're excited about that. We're hoping, if we stay on construction schedule, and it looks like we are to be open by the first of July. Service times right now will be 9:30 and 11:00 o'clock."