A former Southern Baptist megachurch in Tennessee once rocked by scandal has sold one of its campuses to a Roman Catholic diocese for $12.5 million.
The Fellowship at Two Rivers, formerly known as Two Rivers Baptist Church, has sold the campus near the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.
Rick Musacchio, director of Communications for the Diocese of Nashville, directed The Christian Post to a statement by Bishop David Choby on the matter.
“We have been considering options and preparing a sound financial plan to address the growing needs of the people of Middle Tennessee,” said Choby.
“This exciting opportunity will meet our immediate needs and allow us better integrate and enhance the Church’s work in Middle Tennessee. It also enables us to prudently allocate our resources to accommodate the tremendous growth that we anticipate will continue in the years to come.”
The diocese reported immense growth in the Catholic population of the area and hopes to use the campus to serve the needs of that increasing community.
“I am particularly pleased that both the priests of the diocese and experienced business professionals have expressed such strong support of this undertaking,” stated Choby.
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention, The Fellowship had announced their plan to sell the property back in 2012.
“The Fellowship at Two Rivers will sell its huge facility near Opryland along Briley Parkway,” reported WSMV Nashville, noting that the church had experienced its share of scandal in recent years.
“Many people may know the church by its former name, Two Rivers Baptist Church. Under that name, it grew to a huge congregation then faced controversy and scandal.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post