In August 2016 the church opened a one-room school serving grades 1-8 that meets in the fellowship hall. The new school puts added pressure on the church to build a family life center—a building situated next door to the current structure that will house a gymnasium, commercial kitchen, and classrooms. The church is currently in the midst of a capital campaign for the family life center with the hope that construction will begin in the spring of 2017.
Church planting has always been an important value for UCSDA, and has resulted in five daughter congregations being planted in the Charlotte Metro area: Huntersville Lighthouse (2009), Charlotte Myanmar International (2013), Fort Mill (2013), Charlotte Safari (2015), and Charlotte Unity (2015).
Around 2008 the church started a second service with a goal of the early service eventually forming the core group for a church plant. The plan was never realized and the second service remained until the fall of 2014 when the two services were merged back into one.
The remaining members of the Matthews Church voted to sell the property and relocate to the University City area. After renting from Newell Presbyterian Church while building, the University City Seventh-day Adventist Church opened the doors of its present facility in the spring of 2003. The process of building generated excitement and rapid growth followed. The church soon became known as family-friendly with strong children’s programs. Many new families joined the church within the next few years.
The facility on Idlewild Road in Matthews was completed in the spring of 1990 and the congregation became known as the Matthews Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church planned to eventually build a Phase 2 structure that would become the worship center, but the plan was never realized. After growing to a membership of around 100, the church began to decline as several core families moved away and others transferred to newer churches starting up in Rock Hill, York, and Monroe.
In 1984 several Adventist families began a house church in the south part of Charlotte. After outgrowing the house and meeting in a variety of rental locations they decided to purchase land and build a multi-purpose building (gymnasium with kitchen and classrooms) in Matthews, in the southeast part of Charlotte.