Grace Redeemer church conquers challenges during move

Rev. David Young

The Rev. David Young, Grace Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s pastor, stands outside his church's new location, a former warehouse on Goodwin Avenue.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A Crestview church’s pastor looks forward to serving the community following an unexpected, bumpy journey to a new location across town from its former West James Lee Boulevard location.

‘Three Sundays to get out’

During a congregational celebration at Grace Redeemer Presbyterian Church's former home last summer, a damper was thrown on the evening when the church's property owner told the Rev. David Young, the church’s pastor, to expect a $1,000 a month raise in rent.

Unable to meet the request, the church vacated its home of two years.

"He said we basically had three Sundays to get out," Young said. "That begins our saga. We were on a month-to-month lease. The owner got a good offer he couldn't refuse. We couldn't meet it so we started looking for a new home.

“We didn't realize how hard it is to get into a new building."

Thus began a cross-town odyssey; though not rivaling the Israelites' 40 years in the desert, it was a substantial, half-year upheaval for the young congregation that included unexpected challenges with city regulations.

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