Strongsville United Methodist Church plans $ 4.7 million addition


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Strongsville United Methodist Church, 13500 Royalton Road, will build a $ 4.7 million addition to its existing building just east of Webster Road.

The addition will include seven new classrooms, offices, a lobby, café and two-story indoor play area. Construction is slated to begin at the end of August, and the expansion is slated to open by the end of 2022.

“We need more usable space for our congregation and to welcome new people,” Reverend David Scavuzzo, pastor of the church, told cleveland.com Tuesday, July 20. “Our lobby space is limited, and we have tons of kids and need more space for them.”

The Strongsville Planning Commission and City Council both approved the planned addition.

Scavuzzo said the two-story Strongsville UMC building now measures 25,000 square feet and contains 13 classrooms. The church will add 15,000 square feet, or approximately 7,500 square feet to each floor, increasing the size of the building by approximately 60%.

The church congregation is relatively large and stable, with around 500 adult members and 100 other children. However, the number of midweek programs – including those from outside groups like Al-Anon and Families Anonymous – is increasing. The church would love to host an AA group, but finding space for new ministries is a challenge.

“We have a great respite ministry for people with special needs children,” Scavuzzo said. “Parents drop their children here and we watch them for the evening. We also have a Sunday school for children with special needs.

Scavuzzo said the congregation has already raised $ 3.5 million, or about 75 percent of the cost of the addition.

Strongsville UMC has a 17-acre campus, so there is plenty of room for growth. Another expansion is planned for a dedicated shrine – the church is now holding worship services in a multipurpose hall – but that won’t happen for around 10 years, Scavuzzo said.

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