Worship Furnishings Company Under Fire from Churches In 6 States After Swindling Them of More Than $250K

(PHOTO: LINKEDIN; SCREEN GRAB VIA AZ FAMILY) Owner of Custom Church Interiors in Arizona, Robin Groves (Inset) and a truck from his troubled company.
(PHOTO: LINKEDIN; SCREEN GRAB VIA AZ FAMILY)
Owner of Custom Church Interiors in Arizona, Robin Groves (Inset) and a truck from his troubled company.

Custom Church Interiors, an Arizona company that boasts a more than 50-year-old reputation of providing “superior worship furnishings for churches, synagogues, funeral homes and courtrooms,” is now under fire from churches in at least six states that say the company fleeced them of more than $250,000 then disappeared.

The Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona said in a release Wednesday that it received 12 complaints against Custom Church Interiors from churches in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Oregon and Texas.

The churches ordered pews, chairs, carpet, and other items and services from Phoenix-based company with deposits ranging from $8,000 to $110,000 but the company, owned by Robin Groves, failed to deliver.

“We did a down payment of about $5,700,” Jon Taylor, lead pastor at First Christian Church in Phoenix, told AZFamily.

Taylor said his church had done business with the company successfully in the past so they had no reservations about the company’s ability to deliver until now.

“This particular church said they felt comfortable doing business with this company because they’ve dealt with the company before. In fact, they purchased all these chairs just a few years ago and back then they had no problems at all,” Taylor said.

The company, according to AZFamily, took the money from the churches and quietly shut down without telling them.

“It was just disappointing that it ended this way,” Taylor said.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Leonardo Blair