Old St. George Church opens as new Crossroads Uptown
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKRC) - Millions of dollars went into breathing new life into an old church in University Heights.
St. George Church sat empty for years before Crossroads Church bought the property and transformed it, and now they're hosting their grand opening Sunday.
“It’s a really big day, and I don’t think we could be any more excited," said Crossroads Uptown pastor, Lena Schuler.
Crossroads had previously been holding services at Bogart's, and now they're excited to move into their new space. This was the first time Crossroads had rehabbed an old church to make it new again.
"Moving from Bogart’s over to here is a giant transition. We never turned and old church into a church again," said Schuler.
Schuler also says it wasn't a coincidence that the new church is opening on Welcome Weekend for the University of Cincinnati. She says that the new Crossroads wants to cater to the UC community.
“We’re a local church, and we’re multi-generational and diverse, and that’s really important to us. We know we sit right inside the footprint of UC’s main campus, and we’re targeting college students. We want them to be able to come here, find a church home here," Schuler said.
"We want to be a light on the hill," said Brennan Hill. "One thing we noticed is a lot of college students don’t have a strong feeling of community or feel disconnected from God, so we think with the new enrollment happening tomorrow at UC, it's just exploding, that we can be attractive and we want to connect kids to this place."
Schuler also says connecting with members and families of the Uptown communities and neighborhoods is important as well.
The old St. George's Church hasn't been used as a church in 25 years. Crossroads began rehabbing it a year and a half ago.
While they've made the space their own with their signature industrial, contemporary look, they've also managed to keep the original beauty of the former Catholic church, which was built in 1873, including the paint and stained glass windows.
The building will also be open during the week for people to stop in to grab a free coffee and study.