The iconic steeple and cross on top of Christ Our Shepherd Ministries’ Christian Library is expected to be torn down Saturday, June 16, property owner Aana Lisa Whatley said.
Years of roof leaks and costly repairs prompted the removal. The nonprofit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries leases the space from the Grace and Hope Foundation of Charlotte, run by the Whatley, founder of the single-parent ministry. During the removal the library’s front entrance on North Ames Street will be closed and patrons should use the side entrance on Charles Street.
Parking on North Ames Street in front of the building will not be allowed during construction and patrons should use the gravel lot on Charles Street.
Whatley said she’s been dealing with costly repairs “for years and just finally gave up. We’ve done a million things trying to fix the leak and I finally threw up my hands.”
The building, constructed in 1959, was the former home of Matthews United Methodist Church. Whatley bought the building in 1994 and the library opened in 1998, she said. When the steeple comes down, a flat roof will be put in its place, she said. Though the cross has significant rust damage, Whatley hopes it can be repaired because she’d like to install it at Camp Canaan, a camp she founded in Rock Hill, S.C.