Church com­bines cam­puses

Wal­nut Hill gain­ing more space

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jean Falbo-Sos­novich

DERBY — Whether they’re col­lect­ing school sup­plies and new clothes for Val­ley stu­dents in need or rais­ing aware­ness and funds for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, the mem­bers of Wal­nut Hill Com­mu­nity Church are on a mis­sion to do good things.

And now, thanks to an on­go­ing ex­pan­sion that will com­bine the Derby and Sey­mour church cam­puses into the new Val­ley Cam­pus, church mem­bers will have even more space to con­tinue their good work.

“I am thrilled that our ex­ist­ing Derby Cam­pus build­ing is be­ing used as a home for the new, ex­panded Val­ley Cam­pus,” said Co-Pas­tor Walt May­hew.

The ex­panded home base is lo­cated at 27 9th St. and boasts more than 10,000 square feet of space in the for­mer Lin­coln El­e­men­tary School build­ing. A fresh coat of paint, new car­pet­ing and cos­metic work on the build­ing’s ex­te­rior and lobby along with an ex­panded stage will round out the ex­pan­sion, church of­fi­cials said.

A grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the new Val­ley Cam­pus has been sched­uled for 10 a.m. Dec. 3. May­hew said more than 100 peo­ple from the sur­round­ing Val­ley towns and be­yond will be on hand to cel­e­brate.

Ac­cord­ing to Adam DePasquale, ex­ec­u­tive lead pas­tor for Wal­nut Hill Com­mu­nity Church, the Sey­mour cam­pus has been based out the Strand The­atre on Main Street. Bring­ing the Sey­mour and Derby con­gre­ga­tions to­gether un­der one roof will form a “larger, stronger church fam­ily,” he said.

Pas­tors Lind­sey Laszewski, of the for­mer Sey­mour Cam­pus, and May­hew, of the for­mer Derby Cam­pus, will co-pas­tor the Val­ley Cam­pus, each over­see­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of min­istry.

“We hope that lo­cal fam­i­lies will be as ex­cited as we are by the op­por­tu­nity to be part of a larger con­gre­ga­tion that can min­is­ter to them right here in the Val­ley,” said Laszewski.

Wal­nut Hill is a non­de­nom­i­na­tional church that was es­tab­lished in 1982 as a home-based church, ac­cord­ing to DePasquale. In ad­di­tion to the Val­ley con­gre­ga­tion, the church has cam­puses in Bethel, New Mil­ford and Water­bury.

The church and its mem­bers are well-known for their ac­tive in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity, host­ing free fam­ily events through­out the year, in­clud­ing an Easter morn­ing 5K walk/run to raise funds and aware­ness


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