May 16, 2016

Family Life Center Groundbreaking Event Press Release


Prince George’s County community leaders, residents and members of First Baptist Church of Glenarden kick off construction of new community-focused center

Upper Marlboro, MD – May 16, 2016 – Hundreds of residents, religious and community leaders gathered on Friday evening to celebrate and commence the development of the Family Life Center.  The center will be housed on a portion of First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s 160 acres located in Upper Marlboro, MD where the main Worship Center stands.  The first-ever groundbreaking event was held at the site of the future center, which is scheduled for completion in 18 months. 

At more than 63,000 square feet in size, this multi-use community complex will be one of the largest of its kind in Prince George’s County and features three indoor basketball courts with performance platforms, an indoor running track, fitness room and three multi-purpose conference rooms.  Renewable energy will power 50 percent of the facility through a solar farm being built directly behind the center.

Once completed, the Family Life Center will be available to Prince George’s County residents, providing opportunities to engage in health and wellness through educational workshops, nutrition and sports programs.  Additionally, we hope to provide jobs opportunities to citizens.

Designed by Grimm and Parker, the Family Life Center is uniquely created to house FBCG’s 10 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and their growing fan-base of more than 700 attendees and tournaments.  Additional AAU organizations have shown interests in using the facility for practice, games and seasonal tournaments.

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., Senior Pastor for First Baptist Church of Glenarden, said “The Family Life Center is an extension of community outreach that we are currently achieving through some of our church ministries, including our Health and Sports ministries.”  Jenkins went further stating,  “We are delighted to have a facility to accommodate the Prince George’s County community and look forward to bringing together youth and seniors alike to enjoy healthy living.“

Event attendees were treated to a performance by FBCGs Praise and Worship Team accompanied by a full band and remarks by leaders. 

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About First Baptist Church of Glenarden

First Baptist Church of Glenarden, led by Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. is a vibrant, Bible-based church located on three campuses in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  With more than 11,000 active members, FBCG is one of the largest congregations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  It has impacted both local and global communities through its 100-plus ministries, outreach and educational programs.