Work of Resurrection
Organized by: Tina Powell
I am a Pastor in the midst of rebuilding Detroit through the restoring of the old St. Thomas Lutheran church off Chapin and Fisher, right in the neighborhoods that need it most. Seeking help to revitalize the city through faith and better service the teenagers who seek my help. This is God’s plan.
"Pastor Powell, as she’s known, is leading the renovation of the 92-year-old church, which sat in disrepair for 12 years while scrappers picked it clean. Pews, copper pipes, and ornamentation had all been stripped, and one of the church’s massive stained-glass windows had shattered onto the Chapin street sidewalk. The ceiling was rotting and pockmarked with gaping holes. Columns holding up the balcony were decaying.
All that remains of the original grandeur is a faded painting of Jesus over the apse.
Powell’s faith outreach, Divine Deliverance Outreach Ministry, purchased the church from the city in 2011 for $6,000, a fraction of the original $80,000 cost. Contractor bills and materials for renovations, however, have totaled $40,000 so far, prompting the ministry to sell its previous home, and Powell to sell her clothing store and her own house." - Courtesy of Ryan Healy of motorcitymuckraker.com/