Louisiana church looks to purchase former Mississippi Episcopal school property

Published 8:50 am Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Louisiana church is working to purchase a former Mississippi Episcopal school property to expand its church facility.

Cornerstone Church of Vidalia, Louisiana, announced in a social media video Sunday evening that it has started the process of purchasing the former Trinity School property off of U.S. 61 in Natchez, Mississippi.

“We just signed an intent to buy a new piece of property in Natchez, Mississippi, with 21 acres and over 50,000-something square feet of building,” says Cornerstone Church Pastor, the Rev. Daniel “Danny” Reed in the video that is more than 4 minutes long.

Standing in the former Trinity Episcopal School gym and flanked by his wife and Cornerstone Church worship leader, Reed says, “Calley and I are here in what is going to be the new auditorium sanctuary of Cornerstone Church. Is that awesome or what?

“Picture coming into a foyer where all of it will be wide open. … It will have a coffee bar. It will have an overflow area. It will have traveling paths over to dynamic children’s ministry areas and in that foyer, the lobby alone, we will be able to hold 200 people, just alone in the lobby… You will be able to hold up to 600 people, estimated, in here (the sanctuary auditorium) at one time.”

Cornerstone Church is a non-denominational evangelical church that was founded in 1981 by three couples, the church’s website states. Cornerstone Church is currently located at 166 Cornerstone Drive, Vidalia.

The video then asks viewers to imagine the possibilities of the facilities as the new church location.

“We couldn’t be more excited about what God is doing, the pieces he has put together to get us to this point today,” Calley says.

The video takes viewers through the building showing former classrooms that could be used for the children’s ministries and a former field house that Daniel says could be a new youth building. Another former classroom could be used for the “Wonderfully Made Special Needs Ministry,” Calley says.

Trinity Episcopal Church Rector the Rev. Ken Ritter said Trinity church has entered into an agreement with Cornerstone Church with a closing date in mid-November.

Trinity closed the school at the end of the 2018 school after 47 years in operation and put the property up for sale.

“I just want to be very clear,” Daniel says at the end of the video. “We are still a long way from our goal. We are excited to be in this together. We are excited for what all is ahead and if you desire to be a part of it and you are looking for more of what God has in store just like we do, I want to encourage you. Let it be known by your giving. Honestly. Giving is a significant part to seeing all of it come into fruition of all the plans that God has in store for us.”