Cloverdale Church Members Celebrate Remodeled Sanctuary

January 06, 2022 | Church | Martin Casper

The Cloverdale Church in Boise, Idaho celebrated the consecration of its remodeled sanctuary on Dec. 4, 2021. The $1.2 million renovation was an extensive project. Highlights include a complete redesign of the platform, lobby, restrooms, parent room, new audio and video system(s), new theater-type seating, a new organ and a completely refinished piano to serve its 827 members.

The team overseeing the project was very intentional about how money was spent. Every effort was made to stretch the budget. Many of the old pews were sold. Oak, from other pews, was salvaged to build conference tables. Reclaimed wood from the previous sanctuary was used to make interior signage. The team was able to raise over $43,000 selling items that were pulled out of the church, along with items donated by members. This additional revenue paid for all the furnishings not included in the renovation budget! God blessed in amazing ways!

Numerous members gave of their time and resources to ensure that the project would be completed in a timely manner. While it was truly a member-team effort, two individuals stand out for their incredible commitment to Cloverdale. Jerrine Smith and Don Humphries provided daily supervision and oversight for the project and several significant challenges. The Cloverdale church family thanks Jerrine and Don for their hard work, focused determination and leadership.

Consecration day, December 4, 2021, was a high Sabbath. David Prest, Idaho Conference president, presented the consecration message. It highlighted the 135-year history of Cloverdale and its ministry to the city of Boise. 

The church’s current facility, previously known as the Boise Central church, was first dedicated in 1991 when Don Driver was pastor. Driver attended the consecration service and shared the congregational prayer — a meaningful blessing to church members.

Marlon Seifert, Cloverdale Church lead pastor, said, "The mission of the Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church is to follow Christ's example of showing unconditional love, encouraging all to explore and express their spiritual gifts to share the gospel. The church renovation, the larger stage, the new furniture and the decorations were developed intentionally to facilitate the involvement of those who join us. We have more room for musicians and for plays and skits on the stage, we are currently training those who are interested in helping to run the sound, the lights, and the live stream. The furniture in the lobby serves multiple purposes as do the meeting rooms."

Members are as excited as the pastoral team about the new abilities they have for ministry and mission. "The goal we have in mind," said Seifert, "is that Cloverdale will not be a place where you come to simply watch, but where you become involved, using your unique gifts to bring others to know Christ as Lord and Savior."