St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church is closing. Video by Amelia Robinson
Amelia Robinson and Lauren Clark
It survived Dayton’s great flood of 1913 and more than one arsonist’s flame, but declining membership and resources were just too much for a 158-year-old church at the edge of Dayton’s Oregon District to handle.
Thirteen different organizations, from Daybreak to Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the sale, and, the nonprofit Jeremiah’s Letter formerly based at the church has found a new home on Xenia Avenue.
Miller says it’s knowing that the church’s mission will live on that makes the final days easier to bear.
“Even in closing and going away as a worshipping site, our ministry will live on through others and I'm excited about that,” Miller said.
Weyland Ventures, the developer that purchased the church says the building’s next chapter might involve a restaurant, apartments and shops.
“It seemed like an opportunity to create a win-win situation where you could end up with something that would pay it forward, and at the same time keep this history and all the stories alive,” said Bill Weyland, Chief Strategy Officer of Weyland Ventures.