Church combines campuses
Walnut Hill gaining more space
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