NICHOLS HILLS — A traditional church building that once housed a Presbyterian church was recently demolished as expansion efforts for an adjacent Catholic school continue.
The former Greystone Presbyterian Church was torn down the week of June 11 as Christ the King Catholic Church continues its efforts to expand Christ the King Catholic School. The Greystone congregation sold its church property at 8300 Greystone Ave. to the Catholic church in 2010.
The Greystone congregation purchased land in the Deer Creek area and now has a new name of Connecting Point Church. The church had its last service in the Greystone building in March 2011.
The Rev. Timothy Blodgett, Connecting Point's senior pastor, said his congregation meets at Deer Creek Elementary School and hopes to have a new building on its land off Rockwell Avenue just south of NW 150 by next spring.
Blodgett said some of his church members were aware of their former church building's demolition and expressed sadness. However, he said most of them are already looking ahead to the construction of the new building.
“They were obviously sad but I think there's a great deal of hope and building toward the future,” Blodgett said.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Rick Stansberry, pastor of Christ the King, 8005 Dorset Drive, said his church saved the Greystone building's cornerstone and gave it to Blodgett. He said the demolition of the former church was done quickly.
He said he saw some people watching the demolition, perhaps because the church building had been a longtime fixture in the neighborhood.
“Some watched it go down. That church has been there 60 years and it's hard to see that,” Stansberry said.
He said he had heard about the former Greystone congregation's plans for a new building.
“This was a true blessing for both parishes. The Lord always gives us new blessings,” he said.
Stansberry said construction on the Christ the King School's junior high building started about a year ago. He said the demolition of the former Greystone building will allow the school to continue its plans to add a junior high driveway, more school parking, a small practice ball field and a playground.
“It will look like a true campus,” he said.
This was a true blessing for both parishes. The Lord always gives us new blessings.”
The Rev. Rick Stansberry