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Southland Christian erases debt, picks city for its fifth campus

Southland Christian Church has purchased property for a new church location in Georgetown. This 2016 aerial photo shows the Southland Christian Church campus on Richmond Road.
Southland Christian Church has purchased property for a new church location in Georgetown. This 2016 aerial photo shows the Southland Christian Church campus on Richmond Road. Herald - Leader

One of Lexington’s largest churches is growing again.

Southland Christian Church, the Lexington-based mega-church, announced Sunday that it plans to make Richmond its fifth campus in Central Kentucky.

“Get ready Richmond, because we’re coming to your city!” a brief announcement on the church’s website said.

Church leadership did not immediately respond to a request for comment but the announcement asked for recommendations for buildings or pieces of property that could be used for the campus, an indication they have not yet selected a site.

The plans for a new campus came alongside an announcement that the church has paid off all of its debts.

Since Rev. Wayne Smith opened the church in 1956 to 152 members it has grown to one of the largest churches in Central Kentucky. As of November 2017, it had more than 12,000 people attending services every Sunday at campuses in Lexington, Nicholasville, Danville and Georgetown.

The decision to expand to Richmond comes a little less than a year since the church found a permanent property for its Georgetown campus.

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