The Father's House custom-made 17'1"x15' glass bifold designer door is connected to the churches new 1,900 seat auditorium and opens up outside to a huge patio area which will connect to a fourth building ampitheater, bookstore and administrative offices.
The Father's House church is listed at the top spot as one of the best 10 churches in Vacaville, California. It has shown amazing congregational and building expansion growth under the direction of founding Pastors Dave and Donna Patterson. The church was opened for worship in 1997 and has grown from a handful of families to thousands of attendees at multiple campuses in Vacaville, Napa and East Bay. The three locations are all within 40 minutes or less of each other.
Vacaville is a northern California city with a population of 92,000-plus, making it the third largest city in Solano County. The city is nearly halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco.
The Vacaville church campus is wrapping up Phase 1 of its building expansion and more expansion is planned for the future.
"Our church set out on a journey to see a new facility built in Vacaville that would enable us to minister to thousands more in our community as well as people from all over the globe who connect to the ministries of our church. We set out on our three-year financial campaign to see this vision to come to pass," noted Lead Pastor Dave Patterson.
About 5,000 people attend services in Vacaville and as a church it takes about 450 volunteers a weekend to pull off what they do at the three locations.They envision having three services as they move into the new Worship Center and over the first 12 months could see 1,000-2,000 people added to their church family.
When open, the Schweiss liftstrap bifold door with photo eye sensors creates a nice canopy for people entering and leaving the 1,900 seat church auditorium.
In order to do this they needed to raise $10 million to see the facility enter into the first phase of their campus construction expansion beginning in 2011. Their new auditorium has parking for over 700 cars and 1,900 seats in a stadium configuration that allows adults (plus children in other rooms) to experience the presence of God at one time.
"The door is off of our lobby and the design of the door is to extend our lobby outside to a huge patio area that will have unbrellas, tables, chairs, firepits - it's a big gathering area for our people. The second purpose is when we build our fourth building, across from where the door is, that building will have an outside amphitheatre, bookstore and up above will be administrative offices. The cool thing is its storefront look that ties the building together. It looks heavy-duty. We are big on creating space for people to hang out, not just come to church and go home but to enjoy each other while they are here and to bring their friends and family. This door assists us and allows us to do that even better."
- Executive Pastor Mark Sliger
The Father's House Church
As part of this expansion, the church had a need for an entrance door and decided on a 17' 1" x 15' Schweiss liftstrap bifold glass designer door. The door is equipped with electric photo eye sensors. It was ordered through Industrial Door Company of West Sacramento, California and recommended by Visioneering Studios architectural firm of Irvine, California. The building contractor was Overaa Construction of Richmond, California.
"I've been involved with the construction project from day one. The bifold door is an impressive door, no doubt about it. The cool thing is its storefront look that ties the building together. It looks heavy-duty. We are big on creating space for people to hang out, not just come to church and go home but to enjoy each other while they are here and to bring their friends and family. This door assists us and allows us to do that even better. The use of the door will help line us up on how people use our facilities, that is a big thing," expressed Executive Pastor Mark Sligar.
"The door is off of our lobby and the design of the door is to extend our lobby outside to a huge patio area that will have unbrellas, tables, chairs, firepits - it's a big gathering area for our people." added Sligar. "The second purpose is when we build our fourth building, across from where the door is, that building will have an outside amphitheatre, bookstore and up above will be administrative offices. There will be a lot of movement of people between the two buildings. It will be a huge new experience for people. Our new auditorium was where we put the Schweiss door. The auditorium is a 30,000 sq. ft. main building where we hold church services Saturday nights and two Sunday services."
The Father's House Church was impressed with the storefront look that ties the building together. The second phase construction will include a new building that will lead directly to this church building with a courtyard between both where parishioners can visit before and after church services.
"The installation went very well with no problems. We did separate the control panels to make it more aesthetically pleasing. We believe they are very happy with the door and we will absolutely recommend Schweiss Doors to others."
- Jerry Fields, Owner
Industrial Door Company
Jerry Fields, owner of Industrial Door Company, said they contacted Schweiss Doors after learning of the project from the general contractor. He said the architect dictated what door to use and decided on Schweiss after considering another specification from another door company.
"The installation went very well with no problems," noted Fields. "We did separate the control panels to make it more aesthetically pleasing. We believe they are very happy with the door and we will absolutely recommend Schweiss Doors to others."
Sligar said a passion for God's presence is one of the things that makes The Father's House non-denominational church stand out. They are basically known for worship and creating an atmosphere where everyone can worship.
"Lead Pastor, Dave Patterson, had a vision 19 years ago for what God wanted to do at a location here in Vacaville for our local community as well as the region to make a place for people to find life in God and to make it easier for people to feel his presence where their lives will be changed," said Sligar. "I think the growth has been consistent with that mission. Pastor Patterson is a man of excellence and great leadership.
A view from the inside of the bifold door demonstrates how it folds up neatly creating a nice canopy.
"We are also involved in serving our community and it's one of the things that we do best. We have student ministries and young adults and I would say we are definitely a young church. Our student ministries runs about 450 that attend every Wednesday night. I think we are the largest church in the county. About 50 percent of the people who attend drive from outside Vacaville."
"We ♥ Our City" church website link outlines how the church is committed to providing services that address immediate needs while creating lasting solutions to hunger, poverty, and social injustice. They go under the headings of Adopt-a-Block, Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Building, Storehouses, Projects and Partners.
Adopt-a-Block encompasses teams of committed volunteers who serve each and every Saturday talking with the families in numerous locations, providing groceries, painting over graffiti, making minor home repairs, organizing games for children, and visiting with the elderly. Adopt-a-School is a partnership with local schools to help provide assistance with after-school programs, meals, and special events through volunteer efforts. Adopt-a-Building endeavors to get the Gospel to every door in the inner city of San Francisco. There are 37,000 residents in one square mile that live in 586 apartment buildings in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Partners connects with other organizations in our cities that serve people. Among them are Opportunity House Homeless Shelter; Mission Solano that ministers to the homeless and helpless; Boys and Girls Club; Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center; Habitat for Humanity; Solano County Search and Rescue; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Safe Families for Children; Parks and Recreation, to name a few. Other projects include a week of service each year establishing strategic relationships to invest in schools, teachers and students, clean up parks, and improve the overall quality of life, health, and safety for all the people in the cities they serve.
Storehouses are staffed entirely by church volunteers at Vacaville, Napa and East Bay are high traffic locations.
"We are big on food. We probably assist in feeding 30,000 people every month. We deliver food to kids through government programs; about 1,000 kids everyday throughout the summer to make sure they get a lunch. Our storehouse food distribution is the biggest thing we do. Probably 30 to 40 low-income families also are brought food in our Adopt-a-Block program. We probably knock on 300-400 doors every Saturday morning. We have people in our church who have a heart for the homeless. At our storehouse maybe 1 percent of the clients we serve are homeless. This past year we probably invested over $1 million dollars in community outreach," noted Sligar.
"We just built the new campus, basically on 22 acres. The first phase of our new construction project is two buildings; ultimately five buildings.
The Father's House courtyard is a high traffic area and is expected to be even busier once Phase II of construction is finished. The bifold Schweiss door is at the far right patio area.
The Father's House Storehouse offers a vital service to the community as a distribution center for food and clothing to Vacaville families in need. The Vacaville Storehouse also provides groceries for active-duty military families one night a week. Along that same line, the church serves Sunday homeless meals from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Father's House extends a warm welcome to military servicemen and women and their families. They have a ministry designed with small groups and fun family activities to support and connect service members to people, resources, and ministry opportunities.
The ministry also provides stress, marriage and financial counseling, service projects, and other activities to promote healing and growth.
At The Father's House you may be surprised to hear music that is louder and better than you expected for church music. They have an amazing community of musicians and singers who give their best every weekend to make worship experiences musically and spiritually amazing.
In summary, one parishioner noted, "No where better to be on a weekend. Preaching is amazing and the worship is rocking!
All services are similar, with different worship teams and campus pastors and identical sermons at all three locations that last about 75-80 minutes. Services at the Vacaville Campus are Saturday nights at 6 pm and Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Napa Campus service times are Saturday at 6 p.m, and Sunday at 9 a.m and 11 a.m. East Bay Campus service times are Sundays at 9 a.m and 11 a.m. (6 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month).
The Storehouse is open Monday from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon with homeless meals served from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday from 4p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday Homeless Meals served from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dave and Donna Patterson are the Lead and Founding Pastors of The Father's House, and have over 30 years experience in leading worship, teaching, and pastoring. Dave is co-author of the book "Lessons for the Worship Team," with Pastor Joseph Zwanziger. Dave and Donna married in 1982, and have two children (both married) and two grandchildren.
When the bifold door is closed it is hard to tell whether it is actually a door or just another big window near the church entrances.
Visioneering Studios, Inc. is the design firm that, in partnership with sister-company Visioneering Envision.Design.Build, Inc., is the only fully integrated national design-build firm specializing in church and ministry related projects.
Visioneering Studios portfolio of projects includes renovations, expansions, new construction, and adaptive reuse. Their experienced staff, under the direction of their president Mel McGowan, with backgrounds as architects, designers, planners, construction managers, developers, real estate developers and financial analysts has had them capture consecutive year Solomon Awards which recognize excellence in the church facilities industry. They've won awards for big suburban megachurches, but what is filling their plate these days is the redemption of existing spaces in the heart of communities.
In addition to LifeWay in Nashville, TN they have operations in Irvine, CA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; and Charlotte, NC. Visioneering Studios Inc, is located at 2050 Main St # 400, in Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: (949) 417-5800. Web: www.visioneeringstudios.com
Owner, Jerry Fields, started the business in 1985 and is still active in running it with the philosophy of treating others the way you would want to be treated yourself. They have been serving Northern California since 1985. Top-of-the-line products and fast turn-around times make them one of the best in the industry.
Industrial Door Company offers first-class service; including timely response to calls 24 Hours 7 days a week. They are known for high quality work, dependability, honesty and demonstrating efficient, clear communications and long-term relationships with those they serve. Their services in the Sacramento and surrounding areas include selling, servicing, and installing commercial doors and equipment including: high speed doors, fire doors, sectional doors, glass and aluminum storefront service, coiling and side folding grilles, door and gate operators, access devices, dock equipment, operable walls, accordion doors, hollow metal and wood doors, aluminum frames, panic hardware, closers, ADA power assist closers, and more.
Office hours are Monday through Friday. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with technicians on call 24/7 for emergency service. Industrial Door Company is located at 1347 Windward Circle, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Phone: (877) 271-6656. Web: www.IndustrialDoorCompany.com
The church requested black liftstraps for its designer bifold glass door. Each liftstrap has a tensile strength of 29,000 lbs.
Overaa Construction, founded in 1907, is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated design-build general contractor. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Overaa conducts operations throughout Northern California. Overaa is consistently recognized as one of the top national and regional contractors, with award-winning projects found in nearly every major city in the Bay Area.
They specialize in collaborative delivery systems, from design-build to Integrated Project Delivery. Our company culture supports continuous learning for the improvement of sustainability and predictability in the construction process. They estimate the value of work for repeat clients since 2002 has been $1.4 billion.
They are dedicated to giving back to the community and the environment. In particular, they sponsor an amazing program called Making Waves - an education program that provides opportunities for students to excel in school. One of their many other passions is helping preserve open land in the Bay Area with their support of Muir Heritage Land Trust. They strongly support the good work of the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
After a year of preconstruction, Overaa celebrated with the Father's House in the ground breaking for their new 22 acre development in Vacaville, Calfifornia. The project will be delivered in a series of phases; Phase I encompassed the auditorium and significant site work.