John Gray’s Relentless Church has secured a space for a new campus near Atlanta, Georgia, the celebrity pastor announced on Easter Sunday.
Gray made the announcement during Sunday’s service in Greenville after unveiling plans for major renovation projects on its current Haywood Road campus that includes a covered walkway, new façade, a relocation of the children’s ministry and a handful of other facility upgrades.
Gray, who stood on stage with his wife Aventer Gray, played a video for the congregation to see a glimpse of the soon-to-be Georgia campus as they made clear their intentions: “One church, two locations.”
“We are going to fill this campus with the love of Christ,” Gray said in the promotional video. “And we’re going to infuse hope into hurting people and we’re going to grow and build disciples. We’re going to create an atmosphere where everyone knows they belong. … Atlanta is in a moment in time and I believe we have something to add.”
The campus is located at 4665 Macland Road in Powder Springs, Georgia, according to the video.
“That building is not in the works, it’s ours,” John Gray told the Greenville congregation.
The property is owned by Seven Springs Investors, according to Cobb County property records.
Seven Springs Church, a multi-site church in the Atlanta metro area had previously occupied the campus but moved out in January and is planning a new West Cobb campus set to open in September, said Seven Springs executive pastor Brandon Miller.
Seven Springs Church sold the Macland Road property to Seven Springs Investors in June 2018.
Seven Springs Investors will maintain ownership of the property and has entered into an agreement with John Gray and Relentless Church for use of the property. The property has a total appraised value of $7,204,060, according to records.
John Gray told The Greenville News during a phone interview Monday that Relentless is “in the process of acquiring it” and is satisfied with the current property agreement.
He said the campus will grow organically. It will start out as a mid-week campus and will not have church services on the weekends.
The Relentless video presented Sunday ended with an invitation to join Pastors John and Aventer Gray in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
“You want to be a part of something life-giving, life-altering, life-changing, life-affirming, revolutionary, revelationary? How about Relentless?” John Gray said. “We want to invite you and your family to come and experience a worship service with us.”
John Gray referenced a past year-long legal dispute over Relentless’ Haywood Road property against Redemption Church, which owned the Greenville site and formed an agreement to have Gray take over while moving its ministry to California.
Redemption Church sought to evict Relentless from the property based on a dispute over financial obligations and multiple lawsuits were filed. An undisclosed settlement was reached that ultimately allowed Relentless to remain at the Haywood Road campus.
A non-disclosure agreement was signed as part of the settlement, preventing Gray from disclosing the details of the agreement.
“We are very satisfied with what the courts have decided,” John Gray said. “Every aspect has now been satisfied.”
Greenville County property records shows the Haywood Road site is still owned by Redemption Church, which still owes more than $55,000 in 2020 property taxes to the county.
Redemption Church’s Ron Carpenter has since opened a Redemption East location in addition to its main campus in San Jose, California. Redemption East has been meeting at the Greenville Convention Center.
In December 2019, Relentless first made reference to an Atlanta campus and renovations in Greenville during a vision meeting. The property dispute with Redemption and the coronavirus pandemic had put a hold on those plans, the Grays said. But they’re committed to moving forward with those plans now, they said.
“I see in Atlanta an opportunity to do what God has mandated us to do,” John Gray said.
The Grays said they want congregants to know Greenville is the “mother” site and that future campuses will be based on what’s modeled in Greenville. John Gray said his family stayed in Greenville based on God’s calling even during the tumultuous months of disputing property rights through the court system.
“Do y’all understand God is doing miracles in the middle of a pandemic? John Gray said. “When the enemy was trying to take one building, in the middle of a pandemic, God gave us two.”
And Relentless Church doesn’t plan to stop at two campuses, the Grays said Monday.
“We are one church, two locations. We’re not moving to Atlanta,” Aventer Gray said. “Atlanta was always second, and then there will be a third and a fourth and we’ll see what the Lord does from there.”
John Gray said he wants everyone to feel welcomed at Relentless and sees a need in Atlanta to be that church.
“Every single human being has equal inherent value,” he said. “We don’t all have the same story, but we all have the same value, so you need a seat at the table.”
An interest meeting is planned for 7 p.m. April 14 at the Relentless Atlanta campus. Those interested in the new location can find more information at ourrelentlesschurch.com.
Source: Greenville Online