Heart Cry Church regular service to be held tonight near accident site


In the face of abnormal circumstances, Heart Cry Church in Queen Creek is still planning to hold its normal Tuesday service tonight at 6 p.m.

Heart Cry has been in the news since yesterday, Oct. 3, when construction workers were injured midday while installing trusses at the church’s new permanent building on the southeast corner of Hunt Highway and Sossaman Road.

The men fell 16 feet when the trusses collapsed, injuring five, two of whom were taken to the hospital, Heart Cry Lead Pastor Billy Van Camp said in a videotaped message posted on the church’s Facebook page Oct. 3.

Church officials are waiting for state investigators to determine the cause of the collapse, according to CBS 5 News, one of Queen Creek Independent’s news media partners.

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“We’ve been cleared by the fire department and OSHA and we’re just waiting on the structural engineers to give us the next direction. (We want to) make sure it is safe to walk in and fix it,” Pastor Van Camp told the Queen Creek Independent during an interview Oct. 4.

Pastor Van Camp said the injured workers were “doing good.” He said three were checked out by medical staff and went home immediately, while two spent the night in the hospital. Of those two, one was released this morning, while the other should be released tonight or tomorrow, he said during an interview.

“I’m very thankful God protected them as much as He did,” Pastor Van Camp said in the video.

The pastor said in the video he had been at the construction site about 30 seconds before the trusses collapsed.

A large crowd is expected for tonight’s regular Tuesday night service, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the church under construction, church administrator Laurie Vilhauer said during a phone interview Oct. 4.

“Now we just have to move forward,” Pastor Van Camp said in the video.

He said he did not expect the accident to delay construction.

“We’re trying to get in by February so we are ready for Easter,” he sad during his interview.

Heart Cry Church does not have a dedicated church building and holds Sunday services at various locations in the town. They include two morning services at Newell Barney Middle School, 24937 S. Sossaman Road in Queen Creek, and a 6 p.m. cowboy church service at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek.

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 14, 2015, voted 6-0 to approve a site plan for a proposed building for Heart Cry Church, according to an earlier story in the Queen Creek Independent.

The site plan included landscape plans and building elevations for a 19,000-square-foot church building with 180 parking spaces being proposed on the 15-acre site, according to the P&Z information packet.

The land surrounding the site is zoned as county land to the north, residential use to the south, the Goldmine Estates subdivision to the east and county land to the west.

The plans include a 600-seat worship area, a playground area and elementary and young adult learning classrooms. Services would be held on Sundays with a few church activities held throughout the week.

Heart Cry Church has been serving Queen Creek and the surrounding communities since 2004, Pastor Van Camp said. The church has about 500 congregants and about 400-500 attend the Sunday services, he said.

Editor’s note: Through partnership Independent Newspapers is publishing information provided by CBS 5 News. The story can be found here.

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123.

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