Actors in the production  Passion Play  act out the Last Supper scene on April 15, 2011, during a dress rehearsal at the Farmington Civic Center.
Actors in the production Passion Play act out the Last Supper scene on April 15, 2011, during a dress rehearsal at the Farmington Civic Center. (The Daily Times file photo)

FARMINGTON — An evangelical Christian group comprised of 42 Four Corners churches will tell the story of Christ in a bigger setting starting next year.

Passion Play Ministries International of the Four Corners will tell the story of Christ at McGee Park.

On Tuesday, members of Mesa View Baptist Church announced that the play, "He's Alive," will move from the Farmington Civic Center to the larger facility in April 2014. With the move, the organization plans to also construct a setting befitting the larger performance space.

"This move gives us the opportunity to bring the show and its message to more people," said Stan Terwilliger, board president for Passion Play Ministries International of the Four Corners and the play's director. "This is just so awesome. It gives me goose bumps."

With more than 45,000 square feet of additional room, the nonprofit group has plans to build a stage set of the city of Jerusalem to handle a 30-person choir, orchestra, live animals and enough lighting and sound equipment to "make an up-and-coming rock band envious," Terwilliger said.

The construction and materials bill is expected to run more than $40,000, but Terwilliger believes the rewards of spreading the story of Jesus Christ dwarf the expense.

"It's a huge bill, but not too big for God," he said. "So, how do we get there? We grow this ministry on the love and support of our community."

Donations can be made online at the organization's website, passion-play.org.

Tom Dierdorf, Mesa View Church pastor and co-founder of Passion Play Ministries International of the Four Corners, believes that the performance is only a part of the healing force the ministry provides.

"This play has changed my perspective, my family's lives, my church's life, and sewn the community together," Dierdorf said. "It's a walk of faith and a God-sized vision that calls people to serve in any way they can."

Actors depict the crucifixion during Passion Play Ministries International production,  He s Alive,  on April 6, 2012, at the Farmington Civic Center.
Actors depict the crucifixion during Passion Play Ministries International production, He s Alive, on April 6, 2012, at the Farmington Civic Center. (The Daily Times file photo)

The organization promotes the message of salvation through the Christian faith with performances all around the world, including in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Cape Town, South Africa.

"What we've seen is that people have come together and have been healed -- the faithful and those who don't go to church," Dierdorf said. "What I've learned through this ministry, working with so many in our community and around the world, is that we can work together. We do not have to divide ourselves into groups, but be one together to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therein lies the ultimate reward."

James Fenton covers Aztec and Bloomfield for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621 and jfenton@daily-times.com. Follow him @fentondt on Twitter.