Good Shepherd Catholic Church renovations yield parish hall named for ex-pastor

Renovations to Good Shepherd Catholic Church have been completed.

Construction of a 26,000-square-foot addition began in August, and improvements include a gathering area, meeting rooms and classroom space.

The church, at 867 Grays Woods Blvd., now features a new parish hall that can seat up to 275 people and includes a commercial kitchen, according to a report from the builder, Alexander Building Construction.

The former parish hall is now a youth ministry room.

“As we tour the newly completed Father Bender Center, we are dreaming dreams of and imagining all of the wonderful things that will be accomplished here,” Father Charlie Amershek said in a statement.

Other improvements in the $7.2 million project include an atrium, additional classrooms and restrooms, a library, expansion to the calming room, more conference rooms, increased administrative office space and upgraded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

“It was my predecessor Father Philip Bender’s dream to expand, and I promised him that when I became pastor, I’d see that it got done,” Amershek said.

The addition has been named the Father Bender Community Center in honor of Bender, who died in 2011.