The site of the newly purchased home for the Resurrection Anglican Church located at 9250 E. Belleview.
At this holiday season, many prayers are answered and church services flow across our godly founded nation. A miracle has occurred in Greenwood Village with The Resurrection Anglican Fellowship (REZ) church with 50 devoted members praying for, finding, and purchasing a new church property close to other churches on East Belleview adjacent to Boston Street.
It might be described as Divine Providence, is how Father Phil Eberhart and Lawrence Depenbusch describe the local miracle of purchasing the 4.5-acre lot that has sat vacant for the past 11 years with an existing church building on the property. The land price was just under $2 million, and the congregation did not have anywhere near that much oil in their fiscal lamp.
So, they prayed!
The miracle started to unfold when Lawrence attended an “Open House” on Dayton, where he met REMAX award winning agents Lyn and Cory Drake. After further discussion and consultation, the Drakes agreed to help find buyers for the extra 2 acres. In less than a month, a developer signed a contract which in turn gave assurance to the bank of the church’s mortgage capabilities. The miracle was that the contract was signed just 24 hours before the deadline for proof of financial ability to purchase as required by the seller.
The financial angel was a local developer who arranged the cash funds to buy the property on the premise of being able to build on half of the 4.5 acres zoned R-1, not being used by the church.
Building lots are in short supply in Greenwood Village and the project will be presented to the Greenwood Planning and Zoning Commission in January and prayerfully to the GV city council later in the year. In the meantime, the REZ church is holding services in the present church building.
Lawrence Depenbusch and Pastor Phil Eberhart inside the new home of the Resurrection Anglican Fellowship. Photos by Bob Sweeney
Christmas Eve services will be a Celebration of Light by candles, carols and communion at 9 p.m. The public is always welcome and invited to attend. The congregation plans to upgrade the current church facility as the project moves forward. The church is already making improvements on the property with a new roof replaced on the church structure and an old vacant house adjacent to Boston Street demolished. Improvements on Boston Street have been made by the city, cleaning up the street area.
In correspondence from spokesman Depenbusch, he outlines the history of the land and the church members. The following are portions of his report:
“Resurrection Anglican Fellowship found our new home in a church on a hill in Greenwood Village in 2017 after over a decade of being a nomadic church, moving from retail to schools to a funeral chapel, back to retail space. In July 2017 a group of our REZ leaders sent out an email prayer request to find a ‘Treasure Hid in A Field,’ from a parable of the kingdom in Matthew 13:44 and within two weeks found the 4.5-acre lot with a church at 9200-9250 East Belleview Ave. in need of some TLC. Church members voted unanimously for the purchase of the property. The church was slated for demolition in 2006 when it was bought to build a nine-acre subdivision. Plans were rejected in 2008 for being twice the density allowed, and no buyer could be found for the next 11 years before we came along.”
Depenbusch continues, “Our plan is to sell off two one-acre R-1 lots to reduce the debt. We think this is a win/win as we can help satisfy the demand for R-1 lots (there are none east of I-25 in Greenwood Village) and assure the city planners and neighbors that our growth will be within the parameters of the land.”
The local church is aligned with traditional Anglican worship in the Anglian Church in North America. Church members have been very active in advancing the kingdom abroad with missions in Rwanda, Uganda, Estonia, Haiti and other needy countries. Members under the leadership of Eberhart have been working with nearby Lutheran, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in community-wide events.
Lyn Drake, REMAX Masters Millennium realtor, said “It has been such a joy to be a part of this amazing journey.”
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