Pastor Raising $300,000 to Transform Neighborhood’s Last Strip Club Into a Church Says ‘Revival Is Coming to NYC
By Nicola Menzie | Christian Post Reporter
NEW YORK — A New York City pastor who leads a congregation in a notoriously seedy neighborhood is determined to transform a shuttered strip club into their new church, and believes a recent witnessing opportunity outside the facility was a sign that God would be bringing “revival” to the city.
“I had an extraordinary conversation with this man who used to be a patron there. He said his life is just a wreck,” Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church told The Christian Post, relating a chance encounter he had recently with a driver outside of the Platinum Pleasures strip club in Hunts Point, located in NYC’s Bronx borough.
The pastor and his congregation, which numbers 50-70 people, have been meeting for prayer every Tuesday evening on the club’s sidewalk ever since Stutzman laid eyes on the “For Sale” banner strung across the building last month.
Just this past Tuesday, God sent a sign, Stutzman believes, that He has heard their prayer and that it was only a matter of time before Platinum Pleasures becomes a sacred space.
The sign came in the form of a man named Michael who was behind the wheel of a BMW and took notice of the prayer meeting.
“I saw him make a U-turn in the street and honk his horn and roll his window down. He asked if the club was still open, and I said, ‘No, I’m putting my church in here.'”
When invited to sit in Michael’s car, Pastor Stutzman, who worked previously as director of chapel and compassionate care at NYC’s Bowery Mission for 10 years, complied.
“I got in the car with a stranger and just began to just talk to him about the Lord, and all of a sudden he just begins to weep,” shared Stutzman, adding that the man accepted Jesus into his life right then and there.
Stutzman added that “he was coming to go to the club but when he saw me there, God just opened his heart. It was an incredible night, you [could] just feel the presence of God in his car.”
Not only was it “an incredible moment” for the Assemblies of God pastor, but, as far as he is concerned, it was “a confirmation” that God, too has His sights set on Platinum Pleasures.
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