In 1959, Mr. I. J. Scott bequeathed a monetary legacy to the First Baptist Church of Opelika. This legacy provided for building "a church" on a piece of land given by Mr. Scott.
During the years prior to 2005, the Korean Church was meeting in the fellowship hall of the Auburn Presbyterian Church. However, the members had begun exploring ways to obtain a place of worship they could call their own.
Leading the exploration were two of the church most prominent members, Inkew Hwang and Chang Hoon Jung. Mr. Hwang discussed with a local Baptist friend, Albert Killian, the possibility of finding suitable property on which to build a church.
Eventually, the Korean Church building committee approached the Reverend Steve Scoggins of Opelika First Baptist Church, hoping to obtain his assistance in securing a facility for worship and fellowship.
Brother Scoggins and the FBC trustees began an investigation into the use of the I. J. Scott legacy. The attorney for the legacy examined the bequeath and concluded that there was no restriction on the type of church to be built. It would simply have to be made up of Christian believers.
On October 5, 2003, the First Baptist Church, Opelika, called a business meeting to consider a recommendation presented by the church trustees, with concurrence of the deacons and missions committee, that the church use the I. J. Scott legacy to build a church to be utilized by the Korean congregation on a Lease basis. The vote of approval of the recommendation was unanimous. First Baptist elected a steering committee for the construction. It consisted of Berry Dudley, David Scott, Gary Miller, Mike McGinty, and Albert Killian. This steering committee met with the Korean Church committee on October 20, 2003. Representing the Korean Church were Inkew Hwang and Chang Hoon Jung. The joint committee elected David Scott as its group chairman. Discussion centered on First Baptist뭩 leadership in decisions to acquire additional property for the new church construction, to send letters to both congregations on the scope and nature of the project, and to meet the cultural needs of the Korean congregation.
An architect, Randy Wilson, was authorized to meet with representatives of the Korean congregation to incorporate their needs and desires in the design and construction of the new facility. It was determined that the structure would be approximately 7,000 square feet.
In the November 2, 2003, issue of First Baptist newsletter, the "Messenger," Brother Steve wrote very encouraging and inspiring words conveying the need for a Korean Church, the generosity of Mr. Scott legacy, and the anticipation of providing a new church building for the Korean Church on Rocky Brook Road in Opelika, Alabama.
On June 29, 2004, a service was held on the future site of the church to dedicate the beginning of its construction. Actual construction began in February 2005. The building was completed in April 2006. The cost of the initial structure was estimated at $800,000. The final cost which included the sanctuary, fellowship hall and kitchen, education facilities, playground, parking area, and landscaping was $1,250,000. The attached documents contain the design guidelines for the new Korean Church.
On April 23, 2006, the Auburn-Opelika Korean Church was dedicated to the Lord. Plaques expressing appreciation to the I. J. Scott family were placed in appropriate places. The content of these plaques is in the attached documents. Letters were read stating the deep appreciation of the Korean congregation to First Baptist Church.
Growth in the ensuing years since 2006 have stimulated consideration to add more space to the fellowship hall and parking area. Building plans are now in the process to accomplish these additions.
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