Life Church moving to De Pere

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) -

A growing area church can now make moving plans. Tuesday night the De Pere City Council approved a zoning change allowing Life Church to move to a commercial development along I-41.

In an old Sportsman's Warehouse in De Pere, Life Church is about to create the future. After a vote by the City Council approved their rezoning request.

"We wouldn't call it a fight that just happened," said Executive Pastor Sonny Hennessy. "We used love and kindness and it won and it will always win."

The Town of Lawrence church bought this building within a retail district. Last month the city's Plan Commission recommended denying the churches request to change zoning which would have allowed it to move. That meant the church needed to come before the full council to try to win approval Tuesday night.

"It was just a room of kindness and love," said Hennessy.

And for three hours roughly 40 people - including some Packers players, spoke on behalf of the church and its impact on the community, urging council to grant the rezoning. 

"It is welcoming, inviting and it brings in everybody," said one church member.

"It is changing people’s lives - whether old or young, if you come in that building your life is going to be changed," said Packer player James Jones, a member of Life Church.

"You can't put a price tag on a marriage broken and now healed," said another member.

It made an impression on Alderman Scott Crevier - who voted to approve rezoning, along with a majority of council.

"When you see the hope and spirit these people have as a result of being in our community, it is hard to discount them," said Crevier. "I think we made a good choice. I'm excited to have them there." 

"We didn't have to fight this -  we just had to share what Jesus is doing here," said Hennessy.

Surrounding businesses like Walmart and Menards support the churches move. Hennessy hopes the new Life Church will open on Easter. 

 

 


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