The Well Community Church to buy historic Smittcamp home and Wawona property

CLOVIS, Calif. - A big move for a growing church. The Well Community Church will be moving their 5-acre North Fresno campus from Maple and Nees down the street to a 50-acre property off of Minnewawa and Nees.
Church leaders said this came after a year of looking for a new space.

It's a well known corner. The property belongs to The Smittcamp Family -- known for the Wawona Ranch Packing Empire and their philanthropy. 

Pastor Brad Bell said for him the church's future home is on the corner of 'Perfect and Perfect.'

The historic property will soon be transformed into a sanctuary. The entire property is 50 acres which would make it the largest church space in Fresno and Clovis.

After 16 years as a church, 10 of those at the 5-acre North Campus, and 4,000 members Bell said they've outgrown their space.

"We would have never thought this kind of move would be optional for us," he said.

It's right across the street from three different schools elementary through high school. The main focus of the campus? The next generation.

"We are talking about 5th and 6th graders, junior high, and high school students. The number one goal is to create some space for them," said Bell.

He said this could not be possible without The Smittcamp's believing in their vision.

"They are entrusting it to a local church to reach the youth and continue in the heritage of being a blessing to it's community. That in and of itself is historic," said Bell.

The move? Just one step in their overall mission.

"We want to help people connect to God and each other. We want to do it in every neighborhood," said Bell.

The original Smittcamp home will stay on the property and be used by The Well. Bell said many of the plans will include student friendly areas like outdoor space for games and activities.

One of the next steps for the church will be working with the city of Clovis for building plans.

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