Three Grove City churches have completed cooperative agreements for the purchase and sale of their properties that will enable each to address the needs of their congregations.

Three Grove City churches have completed cooperative agreements for the purchase and sale of their properties that will enable each to address the needs of their congregations.

CORRECTION: The print and earlier online versions of this story incorrectly identified Rick Rucker, campus pastor at Cypress Church, and contained an incorrect quote attributed to him.

Cypress Church Grove City has purchased the property at 2735 Columbus St. from Victorious Living Church. Victorious Living Church has purchased the property at 2996 Columbus St. from Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

The Naz will be moving its child-care program from its Columbus Street property to its main campus on Hoover Road.

"Grace is the word I would use to describe the way we've been able to come together on this," said Ed Akers, pastor and co-founder of Victorious Living Church.

The closings on the property sales were completed in February, and Cypress Church will hold its first services in its new building on April 21, Easter Sunday.

Cypress Church is allowing Victorious Living to remain in its old building rent-free during its transition to the Naz property, Akers said.

"Their generosity means we can move ahead into our new building debt-free," he said.

"The graciousness that each church has offered each other makes this such a unique situation," Akers said. "It's a way for each church to put the values of our faith into action."

"These agreements benefit not only each of our congregations, but the entire community because it helps increase our access to the community," said Rick Rucker, Cypress Church's campus pastor.

Cypress Church has held its services since it established its Grove City congregation two years ago in space it rents at the Aladdin Shrine building at 1801 Gateway Circle.

"We're very excited to have a permanent location in Grove City. Now we'll be able to become even more involved in serving our local community," Rucker said.

About 400 people attend services at Cypress Church, he said.

The purchase agreements will allow Victorious Living to reach its goal of being debt-free, Akers said.

After agreeing to sell its property to Cypress Church, Victorious Living Church was able to buy the property from the Naz in cash, he said.

"It's a smaller space (about 22,000 square feet at the Naz property compared to 32,000 square feet at Victorious Living), but we will be able to make more efficient and effective use of our new space," Akers said.

"But the main thing is that we are going to be able to move forward debt-free," he said. "That's going to free up about $160,000 in revenue each year we can use to serve the needs of our church and the community."

Victorious Living Church was established in 1996; the church built an extension to its building in 2003, Akers said. The church has about 300 members.

Cypress Church holding its first services in its new space on Easter Sunday "is going to make that sacred day even more meaningful for us," Rucker said.

Victorious Living will hold its Easter Sunday services on Saturday evening, April 20, Akers said.

For Grove City Nazarene, moving its child-care program to its main campus will offer convenience for church members, Benson said. The program is offered for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years at the Columbus Street location and for ages 3 to 12 at the main campus, 4770 Hoover Road.

More than 400 children participate in the program, which offers before- and after-school care, full-day care services and half-day preschool, he said. Age-specific services are held during the regular adult services on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.

The property at 2996 Columbus St. served as the main campus for the Naz, before it moved to Hoover Road in 1987, he said. The child-care center opened in 1989 on Columbus Street.

Both Victorious Living and Grove City Nazarene plan to move into their new locations in August.

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