A local house of worship has packed its bags and left town.
The founders of Cowboy Church of the North, which was formerly located at the corner of Williams and Saunders Streets, have shut down the church and moved to Granville.
Maureen Monroe confirmed that she and her husband, LeRoy, had held their final service last month. “I The couple, which lived in a small efficiency apartment, has found a place with more room in Granville, but haven’t decided yet if they’ll reopen the church in that community. She said it’s possible they could reopen but they would need to find a larger building to house their congregation.
In the mean time, church members are “keeping in touch,” Monroe said, and holding services on a members Upper Turnpike Road property.
Monroe said it was time for the couple to take a break, tend to their health and work on other projects.
“I needed a break,” Monroe said, adding that she’s in the process of putting together a new country CD.
Music has been a big part of the church since it was founded in 2008.
Monroe helped found the Northeast Gospel Music Association until founding the church several years ago.
The Cowboy Church of the North wasn’t like your typical church. Instead of your traditional service, members got together for fellowship activities that usually consisted of prayer, music and togetherness.
“It’s our way of promoting the gospel,” Monroe said. “It’s more fellowship that your traditional church service.”
She admits the couple had their challenges and dealt with several medical ailments over the last few years that contributed to their decision to take a break.
Monroe said friends of the church are welcome to contact the couple at their location in Granville and invited everyone to an event on Oct. 23 at the home of Mike and Christina McCarthy.