The prolonged-running property dispute involving Redemption Church and Relentless Church is over — with both now organizing to keep weekly companies in Greenville.
Mediation for the legal struggle among the megachurches was held Friday, 10 months just after Redemption submitted an eviction observe for the property it leased to Relentless, and the churches reached a settlement, officers reported.
Relentless will keep on being at its latest campus off Haywood Street.
Redemption is opening a Redemption East location in Greenville following shifting to California.
The churches’ dispute experienced centered around lease agreements and financial obligations for the home off Haywood Road.
The dispute became contentious at instances, with hundreds of internet pages of statements, memorandums, contracts and receipts submitted with the courtroom. Documents in-depth a changeover arrangement that disclosed Ron Carpenter would be entitled to a $6.25 million retirement payout soon after leaving the church property in the fingers of Pastor John Gray.
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Gray’s legal professional Devon Puriefoy would not say if, as a end result of the mediation, Relentless would suppose ownership of the Haywood Road residence. Greenville County assets records still list Redemption Church as the residence proprietor. But Carpenter suggests Relentless is going to personal the residence.
“Relentless is remaining on the residence and will not be moving,” Puriefoy explained by mobile phone Monday. “We unquestionably see it as a prevailing mediation for Relentless.”
Puriefoy said “all lawful issues were concluded” among the churches with the settlement.
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Grey declined to remark through Puriefoy.
“We were fortunate we have been in a position to have a mediation and take all of this out of the arms of the court,” Carpenter reported above the weekend in an interview with The Greenville News. “Under no circumstances wished it there, but all parties were being mutually glad. Our first intent at the commencing was for them to have that residence.”
Carpenter reported he wishes Relentless properly, and he expressed regret in excess of the controversy which is swarmed.
“Nothing would make me happier than for it to occur comprehensive circle,” Carpenter said responding to a issue about whether or not he saw Redemption and Relentless doing the job collectively in the foreseeable future.
Attorney for Pastor John Gray calls dispute ‘an unfortunate situation’
Redemption experienced maintained possession of the 17-acre house immediately after relocating to California to continue on his ministry there in 2018.
Grey, an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, moved to Greenville and shaped Relentless Church using the former Redemption Church web-site.
In January, Redemption urged the courts to buy Relentless to vacate the house, professing the church had not built timely payments outlined in a lease settlement. Relentless contended that it experienced fulfilled all fiscal obligations.
The mediation Friday arrived a day before Redemption held a Eyesight Night time at the Greenville Conference Middle to detail its designs to return to Greenville and open its Redemption East campus. Whilst protecting a San Jose, California, campus, Carpenter intends to hold typical church expert services in Greenville commencing in January and will continue to be at the conference center at least by June, he mentioned. He hopes to purchase the conference center one particular day, he stated.
Puriefoy stated the lease dispute was “an unlucky situation.”
“All people is glad that it was resolved and that equally Relentless and Redemption can now emphasis on performing what their correct mission is, which is serving the spiritual livelihoods of the Greenville neighborhood,” Puriefoy said. “Relentless needs Redemption nothing but the most effective.”
Relentless parsonage of Pastor John Gray is for sale
A home listing by means of true estate agency Paragon Homes lists 1 Calavardi Court as staying for sale as of Sept. 27. The $1.8 million, 7,000 square-foot property is owned by Relentless Church and was ordered to provide as John Gray’s parsonage.
Previous Relentless Main Money Officer Travis Hayes advised The Greenville Information at the time of the acquire that the church board agreed to buy the home due to the fact it was essential to entice a pastor of Gray’s caliber to Greenville.
Puriefoy verified the household in Simpsonville’s Southampton neighborhood is now for sale. He explained Grey has located a new house that is extra suited for him and his loved ones.
“He found a community which is superior for his relatives, but he is keeping in Greenville County,” Puriefoy claimed. “It truly is just element of acquiring and offering houses.”
The sale price tag of the Simpsonville residence is at $1,879,796, according to the listing.
Puriefoy declined to say regardless of whether Gray’s new property would also be owned by Relentless Church. He reported the final decision to shift had no correlation to the church home dispute with Redemption Church.
Relentless Church spokesperson Heather Montgomery did not return a connect with or electronic mail for comment Monday.
– Team author Lillia Callum-Penso contributed to this report.
Daniel J. Gross is an investigative watchdog reporter focusing on general public security and law enforcement for The Greenville News. Achieve him at [email protected] or on Twitter @danieljgross.