Private security guards were stationed outside the premises of the St. Agnes Missionary Baptist Church south of the Loop yesterday, and an attorney for the bank that owns the property confirms to Fox 26 reporter Isiah Carey that the church has closed. The guards were originally under orders from Herring Bank not to allow anyone to enter or remove any furniture or equipment from the church building off Scott St. near Sims Bayou. However, bank attorney Dwight Jefferson told Carey late last night that
church workers have been given approval by the bank to remove certain personal items and belongings from the building. Just to make sure that’s all they take security guards outside the building are also video taping all activities.
What’s all the fuss?
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The $5 million cathedral southeast of the Astrodome is capped by its own dome — a 200-ft.-diameter shotcrete-and-polyurethane-foam structure built by the Monolithic Dome company of Italy, Texas, that’s 50 ft. tall and spreads over 31,000 sq. ft., room enough for 4,000 congregants. And there’s another Astrodome parallel: In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Red Cross and other relief organizations set up a service center in the sanctuary, distributing checks and debit cards to evacuees.
The church at 3730 S. Acres Dr. was founded in 1967, and is run by Bishop Gene A. Moore, a former TSU regent and Houston Community College trustee. Carey notes that Herring Bank (which is based in Amarillo) foreclosed on the church 2 years ago, but that the church continued to lease the property. The church and bank are “in negotiations” about the building’s future, he reports.
- The Bishop Has Left the Building and So Has the Church! [InSite]
- St. Agnes Missonary Baptist Church Closing? [MyFoxHouston]
- Mission Impossible at St. Agnes Baptist Church [Monolithic Dome]