From Vision to Reality

From Vision to Reality

NEBC Builds a Permanent Home

Before settling at 60 Chandler Road in Andover, NEBC met at a local apartment clubhouse, a nearby function hall, and a restored mill building. In 1993, after a three year battle in Land Court, NEBC was granted permission to build a church on Chandler Road in Andover, MA. The 11-acre parcel was purchased for $150,000 thanks to many generous gifts from church members and supporters.

Nearly $500,000 was spent on clearing the land, building a road, and completing the site work, again, all paid for by many sacrificial and generous offerings. TheĀ  church raised the $540,000 building cost through church bonds. The building and land have been completely paid off and NEBC is blessed to be debt-free.

Clearing trees for the new road

Clearing trees for the new road

The future site of NEBC

Groundbreaking ceremony (Youth Pastor Jim Garrity, founding Pastor Chip Thompson, Deacon Al Clarke)

Groundbreaking ceremony

After hauling in several tons of fill to the site, the foundation takes shape

Pastor Chip and Elder Bill Gerard tour the new construction

This 19-ton "rock" was put into place in July 2002 to celebrate NEBC's 20th anniversary.

Our mission statement, "Teaching people to know and follow Jesus" was later etched across the face of the rock.