John Gray Says Relentless Church Will Move to New Greenville Location in 2020

Pastor John Gray speaks during the Vision 2020 announcements at Relentless Church Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. SABRINA SCHAEFFER/Staff

Relentless Church plans to move to a new Greenville location in 2020, Pastor John Gray announced to about 4,200 attendees at the church’s Sunday service.

In an exclusive interview with The Greenville News, Gray said Relentless has chosen a location, but he didn’t yet disclose where it was or whether Relentless planned to build or lease the space. More details should be ready to announce at the church’s service on New Years Eve, Gray said.

When asked if paperwork has been signed yet, Gray said, “We are right where we need to be.”

Relentless Church is currently leasing the campus of the former Redemption Church off Haywood Road in Greenville, where Gray took over as pastor after former pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter left to take over a church in San Jose, California.

Redemption Church still owns the property, and after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, attorneys for Redemption wrote a letter to Relentless ending their lease agreement and asking the church to vacate the property by the end of the year.

If Relentless doesn’t leave the property, Redemption would begin the process of eviction, the letter said.

Gray has said Relentless is current on all of its lease payments. In a response, attorneys for Relentless said the Carpenters “could not follow through with all the terms of the original transition agreement related to property when Relentless moved in.”

Gray said he hopes to be able to come to an amicable resolution with the Carpenters without having to involve the court system.

Attorneys for the Carpenters and Redemption said they disagreed with the legal positions taken by Relentless in its response to their lease termination. In a prepared statement, Katari D. Buck, partner at Asiatico Law PLLC, said they “will look to the court process for resolution.”

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SOURCE: The Greenville News, Nathaniel Cary