Relentless Church plans to move to a new Greenville location in 2020, Pastor John Gray announced to about 4,200 attendees at the church’s Sunday service.
In an exclusive interview with The Greenville News, Gray said Relentless has chosen a location, but he didn’t yet disclose where it was or whether Relentless planned to build or lease the space. More details should be ready to announce at the church’s service on New Years Eve, Gray said.
When asked if paperwork has been signed yet, Gray said, “We are right where we need to be.”
Relentless Church is currently leasing the campus of the former Redemption Church off Haywood Road in Greenville, where Gray took over as pastor after former pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter left to take over a church in San Jose, California.
Redemption Church still owns the property, and after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, attorneys for Redemption wrote a letter to Relentless ending their lease agreement and asking the church to vacate the property by the end of the year.
If Relentless doesn’t leave the property, Redemption would begin the process of eviction, the letter said.
Gray has said Relentless is current on all of its lease payments. In a response to Redemption’s letter, attorneys for Relentless said the Carpenters “could not follow through with all the terms of the original transition agreement related to property when Relentless moved in.”
Gray said he hopes to be able to come to an amicable resolution with the Carpenters without having to involve the court system.
Attorneys for the Carpenters and Redemption said they disagreed with the legal positions taken by Relentless in its response to their lease termination. In a prepared statement, Katari D. Buck, partner at Asiatico Law PLLC, said they “will look to the court process for resolution.”
“Since The Relentless Church began operating on Redemption’s Greenville campus in May 2018, the two churches have worked toward Relentless taking control and ownership of the Greenville property,” the statement read. “Despite nearly two years of negotiations, however, the parties have been unable to fully agree on the terms of this transition.
“Because the parties have not been able to agree on a date for Relentless to vacate the property, Redemption has taken steps to protect its property rights by sending a notice of lease termination to Relentless through legal counsel, which requires Relentless to vacate the property by December 31, 2019. If Relentless does not vacate the property by December 31, 2019, Redemption will begin the necessary court process to have Relentless removed from the property in accordance with South Carolina law.”
Relentless also announced plans Sunday to begin a satellite campus called Relentless Atlanta in the fall of 2020. Gray said details of that location are still being ironed out.
A new Greenville campus will better allow Relentless to serve the community as Relentless announced a number of plans for the new year, Gray said.
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Source: Greenville News