Chapel of the Cross has developed plans for a new sanctuary and support building on the church’s grounds off Highway 463. The above rendering shows the proposed buildings.
Chapel of the Cross has developed plans for a new sanctuary and support building on the church’s grounds off Highway 463. The above rendering shows the proposed buildings.
Chapel of the Cross received a green light Monday from county supervisors to build a new sanctuary and support building on 30 acres of land located south of the existing historic building.

Plans call for the new 400-person sanctuary and support building to be built adjacent to the existing sanctuary.

The Mannsdale-Livingston Historic Preservation District unanimously approved the additions back on Oct. 9.

They are requiring Chapel of the Cross to have lighting that complies with a “dark sky” concept. In addition, the MLHPD is limiting the exterior color options and is asking for brick to closely match the existing buildings.

The parking area will remain gravel.

Carl Allen, Madison County P&Z director, said this has been a project that’s been in the works for several months now.

“The Chapel will always be the heart of our campus and the care and stewardship of what Margaret Johnstone started in 1848 will always be part of our mission,” the church states on its website. “But, in the 21st century, we simply need more room to worship God, build relationships, and equip the saints for ministry.”

Last year, a fundraising campaign received over $3.3 million in pledges.

Church officials plan to have the first service in the new sanctuary Easter Sunday in 2019.

The original Chapel of the Cross sanctuary has a rich and storied history dating back to the 1850s.