The former Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Christiansburg is about to be sold, several sources have confirmed.
The 22,000-square-foot building on 100 W. Main St. is in the final phases of being purchased by Life Pacific College, a private Christian college that already has a Christiansburg campus, Life Pacific College-Ignite.
LPC-Ignite President and CEO Dr. Mike Larkin said by phone Thursday that he and staff were currently meeting with other church executives at LPC’s headquarters in San Dimas, California, and he could not comment fully on the purchase until next week.
“Right now, we are in the due diligence phase,” he said.
Realtor Rolfe Grubb is handling the sale and confirmed that the church was under contract, but would not identify the purchaser. The 1.4-acre property, with 109 parking spaces, had been listed at $795,000.
The Main Street Baptist Church congregation moved out of the church nearly five years ago after building a new worship center on 1640 Peppers Ferry Road. The church then changed its name to GraceLife Baptist Church. The building has not been occupied for two years, when a day-care center moved out of the former church.
Christiansburg Mayor Michael Barber said he was excited about the church finally being purchased and eventually occupied.
“What I have heard so far is a good plan, and it could be a benefit for Christiansburg and the downtown,” he said.
A group titled 100 West Main Street had tried to purchase the facility in order to convert it to retail and event space, but it could never raise the funds necessary to make the purchase.
Ignite Life Pacific College currently operates out of CrossPointe, a conference center in Christiansburg that is affiliated with the Foursquare Church, an international Pentecostal denomination. The conference center is located on 900 Life Drive off Route 8 near Interstate 81 in Christiansburg.
LPC has not announced what it plans to do with the property. The Main Street church contains classrooms and a sanctuary that seats 500. There is a working pipe organ and a commercial-grade kitchen. The church dates to 1909 and has undergone several renovations over the past 100 years.
The Christiansburg campus offers an associates of arts degree in general studies.
For more information on LPC-Ignite, visit its website at www.ignite.lifepacific.edu.
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