Grace Redeemer church conquers challenges during move

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

"The inside stuff was easy compared to getting the parking area and driveway taken care of," Davis said.

‘We just kept pluggin’ along’

It wasn't until after Thanksgiving, after appearing before two Planning and Zoning committees and the city council, that Grace Redeemer got final approval for the needed repairs.

"Eric has been our little angel over in City Hall," Young said. "There were times when I felt the city was against us, but he stood up for us. The city told us all the reasons we shouldn't be in this building, but we just kept pluggin' along."

Davis coached church members through improvements, Young said. Having been a contractor before receiving his calling to ministry, Young said, "It's been like the old days. I felt more like a skilled laborer the last several months than a pastor. It's been fun!"

City landscape-buffer rules required the congregation to provide greenery — exactly four trees — out front along industrial Goodwin Avenue, which is lined with the county Public Works yard and contracting firm warehouses.

While its new home was being renovated, the congregation met at the Crestview Knights of Columbus lodge at Twin Hills Park.

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