From left, contractor Scott Horsak, Pastor Rick Gillis, loan officer Jason Lamb, church member Kim Mansell and Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin break ground on the site that will house the Christian Life Church.

What began as a few sketches on some napkins is now coming to fruition.

Christian Life Church broke ground on its Killeen location on East Trimmier on Friday morning.

Rick Gillis, senior pastor, said, “It’s been a long time coming.”

“Rick called me out of the blue and said ‘I want to build a church,’” said Scott Horsak, a contractor with You Built It. “I met with him at Starbucks in Temple the first time, and we talked and drew on a few napkins.”

Gillis said the church’s first location, in the Temple area, was built several years ago. The Killeen location will aid the ministry in expanding its mission.

“(Christian Life Church) has always been about the great commandment and the great commission,” he said. “The great commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love others as you would yourself.

“The commission is to go into all the world and love God and love others. ... It builds a great church and that’s what (Christian Life Church) is, it’s a great church because it’s doing the two things that really give us validity in life.”

Gillis said the church will double as a community center, with church member Kim Mansell ministering to the community through her Crossfit business.

“This is a long time coming, not only for the church but also for my fitness business,” she said. “Right now, I do Crossfit out of my garage and it’s been really a ministry for me more than anything. We have felt for years that it’s time to blow out of the walls of my garage. We knew that the only win-win would be for the church to have a building, and for me to rent space from them.”

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said there are more than 150 churches in Killeen and “it’s a pleasure” every time a new one is built in the city.

“We as a nation need to really get back with the Lord,” Corbin said. “That will solve so many of our problems with violence and so many other issues that trouble our nation. I’m so happy to see another church.”

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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