Historic Nampa building returns to its religious roots

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Historic Nampa building returns to its religious roots

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on January 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 4:49 PM

NAMPA -- The Sand Stone Event Center in downtown Nampa is officially a church again.

The first services for the north campus of the Christian Faith Center took place Sunday morning in the 100 year old building.

Jordan Hodges and his wife Amanda are the campus pastors at Christian Faith Center North.

He, and all of his congregation were very busy this past week.

"It's been day and night, night and day, we have people from our church just down here, pouring it out, to paint walls, get carpet ready, put in sound, and do whatever it's gonna take to get us in here on time," Hodges said.

Their new home is one of the oldest buildings in Nampa. The Sand Stone Center, at 404 12th Avenue South in Nampa, was originally a church, but hasn't been for awhile.

"This building was built by the Methodist Church in the early 1900s," Hodges said. "It was sold off as an event center 25 years ago. It's really neat for us to see new life come back into an old building that was built to see God worshipped in."

New life is something Hodges is familiar with.

"I come from a broken home, I had a broken life. I was a meth addict for years, and just really messed up," he said. "I went to prison for delivering meth."

For Hodges, finding religion was a turning point in his life.

"I was never able to walk out of that life, never able to have a new beginning. It wasn't until I met Jesus that everything in my whole life changed."

Hodges is now clean, and has given his life to God, his family, and his community.

The new beginning for this church and this congregation started Sunday morning with the very first service in their new home.

"It's just a really neat thing for Amanda and I, because we were able to start this campus, in an area of our city that we really believed needed the love of God. We spent a lot of years doing a lot of bad things in Nampa, just in the drug world and different things," Hodges said. "So, it meant a lot to us to bring the love of God that we've experienced to an area of our city that desperately needed it."

Christian Faith Center North holds services every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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