Clinton Frame, DJ Construction Partner on Major Renovation

Church Injects New Energy into Old Space

May 7, 2014

GOSHEN – Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, located at 63846 CR 35, has ministered to the Goshen area for over 150 years and the church continues to look for ways of keeping their ministry fresh.

That vision includes the commencement of a major renovation beginning early this month.

Clinton Frame is partnering with DJ Construction Company to improve over 45,000 square feet of its current church facility with the intention of becoming more effective in its local ministry, particularly in the worship and children’s ministry areas.

Enos Yoder, Certified Church Consultant at DJ Construction, said, “Ministry always trumps structure. Clinton Frame has a clear understanding of their vision and what they want to accomplish in their worship, children’s and fellowship ministries. Together, we’re coming up with a facility solution to enhance those ministries.”

According to DeWayne Bontrager, Administrator at Clinton Frame, the project includes a complete renovation of the children’s area; a kitchenette added to the youth area; upgrades to fellowship and classroom areas; improvements in the sanctuary; and a new café, among other services.

Improvements to the children’s area will provide a safe and welcoming space for children to learn about God, said Bontrager. The church and DJ will update the environment with age appropriate themes in order to attract more children and families to the church. The area will have larger classrooms with learning and craft areas, a gym, and added safety and security. The gym will be equipped for children’s and youth activities, basketball, and volleyball.

Another area of focus includes sanctuary upgrades to improve worship.

Said Yoder, “When a church as unique as Clinton Frame combines instrumental music, the spoken word, choral song, and acapella four part harmony in its worship, those four qualities create an acoustical challenge. By providing some improvements in audio, video, lighting, and other acoustical components, the worship experience certainly will be enhanced.” Bontrager added that projection, video, and décor upgrades will be included at the same time to create an intimate, less formal feel to the worship environment.

Terry Diener, lead pastor at Clinton Frame, said he’s excited to witness how the church’s facility changes will help their overall ministries. “These renovations will have an impact on the ministries and outreach of Clinton Frame for years to come,” said Diener.

“This is not about our needs, this is about creating a space for others and sharing the good news of Jesus in the most effective way possible.”


Clinton Frame Mennonite Church was founded in 1863. DJ Construction previously worked with the church in 1998 on a DesignBuild 59,140 square foot sanctuary expansion. The church is also part of DJ Construction’s yearlong 60 for 60 Celebration.

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