Church 2:14 is soon to occupy a warehouse district building located at 307 Oak Street in Peoria. This has gotten people talking, since it used to be a meeting place for a swingers club until it closed in 2011.
“Certainly we knew that there was that history and we are much less concerned about what the building has been and much more focused on what’s going to be and that’s really our sole focus,” said Kipp Bolt, leader at Church 2:14.
Around the time the club closed, the leaders of Church 2:14 were at the beginning stages of envisioning the church and they now want to be part of the mission to revitalize the area.
“There’s all sorts buildings down there that need attention physically and really for us, it’s kind of a metaphor. We are going to be a part of revitalizing a building but way more important, we are going to be a part of being involved in people’s lives and help them restore and revitalize their lives,” said Bolt.
Michael Freilinger, CEO of the Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria, said this area is ideal for the church.
“It’s a young parish, church and has a young church community so it’ll probably fit in with the demographics of the residents of the warehouse district,” said Freilinger.
He also said the church can help expose people to the new things the area has to offer.
“A lot of people have not been downtown in a number of years and they’d be surprised at the type of activity. So I think that this church being down there, I think 250 parishioners, that most of them probably don’t live downtown already but that will give them some exposure to it,” said Freilinger.