Historic Charleston Church Up For Sale

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Inside the doors at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, people meet and greet just as they have for nearly a century.

But the parishioners time there is limited.

The church’s building has been a mainstay in Charleston’s East End since 1915.

"It's probably one of the most beautiful churches in the Valley," said Jim Snyder, who has been a member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for over 30 years.

And it will stay that way, just with different occupants.

As it turns out, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is on the market, and they’re finding it difficult to keep up with utilities.

Membership has dwindled to about 35 people -- a far cry from the flourishing congregation seen in previous decades.

But just because the church’s building is for sale, doesn’t mean the flock will scatter.

"We are not dissolving. No, not at all. We're moving forward. We're going along with the Great Commission -- go out and make believers of all -- and that's what we're hoping to do," said Debbie Flinner, the church’s congregational council president.

The building is priced at $450,000 -- with the stained glass windows and pipe organ going separately.

In due time, the faithful won’t be gathering at their usual place anymore – but, just has it has for the past 121 years – St. Paul’s Lutheran will live on.

"Oh, I expect it to be a part of my life for a long, long time, yet. What would it be like without the Church? I'd be lost," Snyder said.

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