Catholic diocese to purchase Nashville megachurch for $12.5M - WKRN News 2

Catholic diocese to purchase Nashville megachurch for $12.5M

Posted: Updated: Jun 01, 2014 06:00 PM
Bishop David Choby said the Diocese of Nashville is seeing growth in population and its current facility is too small. Bishop David Choby said the Diocese of Nashville is seeing growth in population and its current facility is too small.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Fellowship at Two Rivers, formerly known as Two Rivers Baptist Church, has reached an agreement to sell their campus on McGavock Pike.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville plans to pay the church $12.5 million for the property. The sale could close in 90 days.

According to a release, the diocese plans to continue using the facilities as a place of Christian worship, ministry, religious education and office space.

The Diocese of Nashville stated the 220,000 square foot facility near the Opryland Hotel will allow them to better accommodate their existing ministries and church activities.

Bishop David Choby said the Diocese of Nashville is seeing growth in population and its current facility is too small.

The Two Rivers campus "provides us with a center for life in the Catholic Church in Middle Tennessee," Bishop Choby said.

The Fellowship has experienced a sharp decline in membership in recent years after the former pastor left the church with a lawsuit over financing looming in 2008.

Currently, there are about 575 members of the former megachurch, which used to have 2,000 members.

In an email to News 2, Executive Pastor Len Taylor explained the sale.

"We are looking now for a new location. The sale of the building and property at Two Rivers campus allows us to move forward with our vision. We are incredibly excited!" he said.

Taylor added attendance is growing and with the sale of the property, it will allow the church to hold services in multiple locations across the city.

“Instead of trying to get everyone to go to church in one location, we’re trying to take the church to different communities,” Taylor explained.

Taylor said the church will continue ministering to the Donelson area and will also concentrate on ministry in Mt. Juliet.

“There’s been some dark days, but what’s happening now is a blessing. We’re excited about the future,” he said.

Under the purchase agreement, Fellowship at Two Rivers will have the option to hold services at its current location until June 2015.

The church first announced plans to sell their 38-acre property in early 2012.

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