Westmore COG sells current church facility

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Posted 11/18/17

Westmore Church of God leaders have signed documents transferring ownership of the congregation’s Wolfe Drive campus to a local businessman in anticipation of building a new church complex on the …

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Westmore COG sells current church facility

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Westmore Church of God leaders have signed documents transferring ownership of the congregation’s Wolfe Drive campus to a local businessman in anticipation of building a new church complex on the west side of Interstate 75.

Westmore acquired the approximately 176-acre former Rolling Hills Golf Course in 2006, and has transformed the landscape over the years, including the addition of infrastructure and Legacy Parkway, which leads to the new church site.

Several parcels of the acreage have been sold, including 10 acres for a senior housing neighborhood, and nine acres to Legacy Senior Services, which is currently constructing Legacy Village of Cleveland, a 71-bed assisted living and memory care facility on Candies Lane. 

For more than 10 years, the Westmore Church has desired to build an inter-generational ministry center on its Legacy Parkway campus. The planned 53,000-plus square-foot ministry center will be the primary structure of a 100-plus acre campus dedicated to providing ministry opportunities to all generations, as well as conducting global outreach. 

Part of the overall ministry center vision for the Legacy Parkway campus was realized last year with the construction of a 16,000-square-foot youth building, The Element, on a parcel just adjacent to the worship center site.  

A key component in building the ministry center has been the sale of Westmore’s current sanctuary and educational space, located at 2412 Wolfe Drive.  The church was built in phases at its current location starting in October 1968, with a small sanctuary (now the children’s ministry wing) and was expanded in 1974 with the construction of the current sanctuary.

For the last 49 years, Westmore has grown from a small congregation of founding members to a ministry with reach around the globe. The city around the current church campus has grown during the last 50 years as well, but constricting the church’s ability to expand. Westmore’s current property at Wolfe Drive is less than four acres. 

For the last year, Westmore’s leadership has been in negotiations with local businessman Lynn Jones whose passion for ministry sparked his interest in purchasing the property. 

“In buying the Westmore property, I’m not trying to compete with any church,” Jones stated. “I just want to have a place where people can feel the presence of God through a variety of activities and programs. We want people to come to God and be discipled through local churches. My goal for this facility is to make it available to individuals and groups who are involved in promoting God’s work.”

Westmore will continue to occupy the current location for the next 18 to 24 months until its new facility is built. Lead Pastor Kelvin Page applauds the vision of those who built the ministry into what it is today, as well as those who will take it into the future. 

“During the closing of the sale of our current facility, I thought about the dedication and vision of the men and women who brought us to this point,” Page said. “But I was also awed by the miracles that have happened to pave the way for the next phase in Westmore’s ministry … one that will be centered on its Legacy Campus.”  

He added, “Lynn Jones has a passion for spreading the gospel throughout our community, country and world. His purchase of Westmore’s Wolfe Drive facility will benefit individuals and organizations throughout the region. We are thrilled to have taken this step, and we are looking forward to a bright future.”

Groundbreaking for Westmore’s new ministry facility will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Legacy Drive campus. The ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The public is invited to attend.

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