In 1999, Dr. George Bell became the pastor of Greater Ideal Baptist Church. Under his leadership, the church thrived while membership increased dramatically. Throughout this time of growth, Pastor Bell recognized both the responsibility and privilege of improving the community in which the church was located. As a result of his vision and with the support of the church, the Greater Ideal Family Life Center was constructed and soon opened on February 2, 2002.
By providing ministry and outreach programs form this building, we hope to give the residents the knowledge, skills, and power to change their community for the better. As a result, we expect to see increases in employment, better and safer housing, and more affordable childcare options.
Hours of operation for the Family Life Center are Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm.
This center is a functional and expanding library, stocked with both educational and spiritual resources. Students may utilize the library independently for research or study or participate in the after school, tutorial program and Summer Day Camp.
This center is a multi-purpose room regularly used for meetings and bible study. It is also available for bridal, baby shower and small wedding ceremonies.
This center holds 1o computers operating with the most current Microsoft software and printers. The center is open Monday-Friday for research, e-mail and homework. Computer classes for all ages and levels are available to the public throughout the week.
This exercise facility contains free weights and exercise equipment.
Always available for recreation, it often serves as a dining room or meeting hall. A walking track encircles the gym on the second floor. Ready for basketball, volleyball and rentals.
An entertainment/game room provides a safe place for kids to relax and socialize with their peers. This room is furnished with comfortable couches, a big screen television, DVD player, VCR and several games such as foosball, air hockey, table tennis and pool.
There are 8 classrooms of different sizes where Bible study classes are held. These rooms are also available for meetings and each room is equipped with Smartboards, projectors and computers.