Donated building a treasure for Goose Creek church

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013

From left, Victory Christian Church youth minister Brandon Ahrens, Pastor Mike Diamond and Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler cut the ribbon for the church’s new youth building. PHOTO PROVIDED

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The new building appears nondescript on the outside but brilliantly colorful on the inside.
It’s hidden behind the main building of the Victory Christian Church on North Goose Creek Boulevard next to the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center.
The new facility – an 1,800-square-foot modular – will be used as a youth building for Victory’s teenagers, Pastor Mike Diamond said.
Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Redbank Road stopped using the structure and decided to donate it to Victory Church, Diamond said. The Nazarene church built a new gym as the modular sat unused for about a year.
The modular was not in terrible shape but needed extensive work. For an entire year Victory Church members remodeled. For the outside they built steps with brand new two-by-fours and a handicap-accessible ramp that runs along nearly the entire length of the building.
There are two rooms. One is for youth classes and has vanilla colored walls and will be used to teach classes.
The other room has a carpeted stage, a pool table, a foosball table, an air hockey table, a blue sofa, a blue curtain, a blue wall, an orange wall, a green wall and a red wall.
It took 20 gallons of paint to cover the former “1970s-looking” paneled walls, Diamond said.
“A lot of had work went into this,” Diamond said. “It was all done by the church members …the ramps, everything. It had old carpet. We put in laminated floors.”
On Sunday there was a ribbon cutting ceremony in which Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler participated. The mayor is also giving away signed copies of his latest book, “The Goose Creek Bridge: Gateway to Sacred Places,” to anyone who donates $20 to Victory Church.
This was not the first time Victory Church members have remodeled. The 100-member church has been at its current location since 2002.
“This (main) building used to be an old bar,” Diamond said. “We turned it into a church. It had black ceilings. It was in pretty rough shape. We did all the remodeling ourselves.”
Diamond started the church in 2000 at his home, and moved it to a location on Redbank Road before finding its current location. Diamond said he’s lived in the Charleston area since 1979 and has started two other churches.

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