MISSION : ACCOMPLISHED
KIRT DAUPHIN / LEAD PASTOR / QUINN BANISTER / LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / PAULANN CHURCH ( SAN ANGELO , TX )
“ New building . Same Jesus .”
If you had to choose a time to build a new church , it wouldn ’ t be during COVID .
But as PaulAnn Church Lead Pastor Kirt Dauphin and Leadership Development Director Quinn Banister discovered , God ’ s timing is always good .
Though Kirt Dauphin and his wife , Cindi , had never visited San Angelo , Texas , they were called to PaulAnn Church in 1998 . He served as youth pastor for five years and became lead pastor in 2003 . Leadership Development Quinn Banister and his wife , Wendy , became members of PaulAnn in 2003 . In 2014 , he left his corporate job and came on staff . So , when COVID struck in 2020 , Dauphin and Banister had witnessed more than 40 years of change and growth , combined . At that time , the most recent iteration of that expansion — a new , 25,000-square-foot sanctuary and 10,000-square-foot education wing — faced a precarious future . All that existed was a foundation and tilt walls ; poured , but still lying on the ground . With the church needing to shut down for the pandemic , Dauphin says he faced something nearly every pastor encounters during a major building project : a crisis of belief . “ It was a real test of faith whether we went ahead and did the project or not , because we could ’ ve stopped ,” he recalls . However , after connecting with the church elders , he and his team decided to press forward . It was the right call . “ Even though it was really challenging , we could never build it now for [ the same cost ],” he explains . “ Our general contractor says it would cost about 40 percent more in the current market ; we wouldn ' t be able to afford it . But God brought it through for us .”
Quinn Banister ( foreground ) and Kirt Dauphin
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