Historic church building saved by new tenant – The Decatur Daily

The historic Ninth Road United Methodist Church building has been saved, and its new tenant has discovered a spot to finish a nomadic existence.

Metropolis Church has a lease settlement and an choice to buy in two years with Jeff Parker, of Parker Actual Property.

“It was headed towards the wrecking ball once they confirmed up within the 11th hour,” Parker stated. “The church is ideal for them. I’m glad to accommodate them.”

Parker additionally owns the property between the church and the Neighborhood Walmart. He had the 2 properties demolished and is maintaining a portion of the church parking zone adjoining to the grocery retailer lot for a future growth.

Parker stated there’s room for a four,000- to five,000-square-foot retail enterprise or restaurant.

“I’ve already had plenty of curiosity,” Parker stated. “That’s a great intersection with the Walmart, Mapco, McDonald’s and Walgreens.”

Ninth Road United Methodist, situated on the nook of Sixth Avenue and Ninth Road in Southeast Decatur, closed in June after 109 years.

A lot of the congregation left to affix with St. Luke United Methodist and different Methodists to type the new Church at Stone River at St. Luke's former location in Southwest Decatur.

Lead pastor Devin Hudson and his spouse Ashley took over Metropolis Church, which now meets within the AMC Decatur 12 theater at Decatur Mall, in 2015. They’re planning to maneuver into their new church building and maintain their first service in late November or early December.

Established in 2002 by Pastor Dave Anderson as one of many metropolis’s first trendy “rock” church buildings, Metropolis Church is working underneath its third identify and fifth location. The church was previously often called CrossPoint and Revolution Church.

“We’ve been a conveyable church for thus lengthy,” Ashley Hudson stated. “We’re very enthusiastic about having our personal everlasting area.”

Devin Hudson stated the everlasting area offers his church a greater platform for extra involvement locally, which is certainly one of Metropolis Church’s core values.

The Hudsons desire to think about Metropolis Church as a new church that acquired a new starting when it moved to Decatur from Las Vegas, Nevada, two years in the past. Solely a small core group of former CrossPoint members stay.

“We’re actually very totally different from CrossPoint,” Devin Hudson stated. “There’s much more Bible educating and it’s not as efficiency pushed. We nonetheless have a band, nevertheless it’s much less like a rock live performance.”

Devin Hudson stated their philosophy of educating the historic values of the Christian religion in a contemporary means suits nicely with the historic church. They’ve begun renovating the building, together with eradicating the pews and the acquainted purple carpet.

“We consider in taking that historic message into the trendy tradition,” he stated.

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