T & D Hayes Group Ltd., Hayes and his wife, paid $186,000 for the building on April 1, purchasing it from Shiff-Gary Inc., according to the Erie County auditor’s records. The new space provides the church about 6,500 square feet, versus 4,000 square feet at the old location.
Hayes, the senior pastor, is pleased by the new location because it’s within walking distance of many people who live downtown.
“We are truly grateful for this opportunity to serve the downtown community” he said. “The area is ripe for ministry, and we believe the Lord placed us here for His greater purpose to serve our neighbors and church family alike”
Major renovations were needed to turn the former government office building into a house of worship, including removing the old carpet, painting and putting together a sanctuary, said Hayes and a church spokeswoman, Mary Irby.
“It’s a major renovation,” Irby said. “They tried to maintain the integrity of the building as much as they can”
Hayes and his wife, Diane, founded Faith Christian Ministries as a Bible-based, independent, nondenominational church.
There’s room for growth, Hayes said. The church has 35 active members.
“When they all show up, a little bit more,” he said.