The COVID pandemic of 2020 took its toll on many churches. First Baptist Church of Jacksonville decided to move services from their old, famous 9,000 seat sanctuary into the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium, a second, smaller worship space on the sprawling downtown campus, seating just over 900. In the fall of 2020, the church entered a contract with Paragon 360 to help renovate the space from top to bottom. The $1.8 million renovations were complete in late March 2021.
The project included the demolition of the interior back-of-house area and a basic remodeling of the sanctuary. The sanctuary renovation included replacing the auditorium carpet, painting the lower floor pews, putting in new restrooms, and creating a new modular choir loft. The Paragon team also modernized the infrastructure by improving the audio, video and lighting systems to enhance live streaming capabilities for services and programs.