The Centenary United Methodist on Belmont Avenue has been sold at auction.
The auction ended with a high bid of $61,000. There were five bidders who made 19 bids on the property. Seventeen of those bids happened on Thursday.
The name of the winning bidder is not being released right now.
Unlike many other churches, it was in a commercial district and not nestled in a neighborhood.
Built in 1940, many people in the community had ties to the house of worship.
“Our kids have been baptized here. Our parents were married here. In some cases, funerals were performed here. It’s difficult to say goodbye to our surroundings, but we also recognize when these buildings were built, they weren’t built with folks with handicaps in mind,” Pastor Greg Calko said.
The congregation is merging with three other United Methodist churches in Youngstown. They have a joint goal of building a new church for the new congregation.
Calko said many churches are experiencing a shift in culture and they want to be a part of that.
“Our goal would be to reach people from different cultures, different age groups, different economic backgrounds. We say our goal is to have worship without barriers.”
Calko said they do have attachments to the building but they are now looking to the future of making the place of worship more accessible for everyone, including anyone who might have a physical disability.