In 1982, the Long-Range Planning Committee came to the Board of Directors with four specific areas of concern: sanctuary expansion, land acquisition, an activities center, and a columbarium. With a motion to move forward, the Church launched a building campaign to fund expansion of the sanctuary with a columbarium, a Sunday school wing, and a social hall.
Rev. Souers coined the project name: “PAX: Preservation And eXpansion.” Over the next 15 years the congregation raised $1.5 million and donated time, expertise, and in-kind donations to create the buildings enjoyed today by this congregation. At no time has any loan been taken; this church is owned free and clear.
The sanctuary was expanded on the west end in 1984 to include 14 more pews, a choir room, a sacristy, and a utility room; the church could hold 300, up from 192, for a single service. The Garden of Memories columbarium was created at the same time, along with a new parking lot. Both were dedicated in December 1985. The total cost was $565,000.
The Sunday school wing was dedicated September 13, 1992. It included three classrooms, a nursery, and a kindergarten room. The Palm Court was included in this phase. The total cost was $324,068.
In 1992 the congregation voted to build a social hall but only when sufficient funds were on hand. By 1995 the bid was increasing, with a shortfall of $105,000, the Church voted to start building. This phase was dedicated March 31, 1996, named in honor of Rev. Judson Souers for his vision and leadership during the PAX project. This phase included the social hall, the breezeway, and the stage at the south end of the Palm Court. The total cost was $589,433.
The "PAX Tree of Appreciation" is located in Souers Hall designed to honor all who supported the PAX.