The project’s status depends on who you hear the story from, WSOC TV recently reported.
The Heritage Tower is a standing reminder of Christian televangelist Jim Bakker‘s fallen empire. The 21-story tower was never finished after the PTL ministry collapsed amid scandal in the late 1980s.
Morningstar Church told York County leaders it had plans to not only finish the tower, but to turn it into a Christian retirement center that could house hundreds of people.
The project hit a snag when the economy collapsed in 2008 and banks didn’t want to loan money.
Joyner now says he is ready to move forward again but York County leaders think Morningstar has shown no progress toward being able to finish the $40 million project.
“They’ve kicked and dragged and delayed doing anything,” said York County Councilman Buddy Motz. “We took it on good faith from a church, that they were going to keep their word and do what they said. That hasn’t happened.”
In fact, according to York County, the church is in default on a contract it signed with the county. Motz said the contract gave Morningstar 120 days to show it had the money needed to finish the entire renovation.
It seems odd that someone who claims to be a prophet, organizes ‘prophetic roundtables’ and talks about trips to heaven where he chats with Jesus and the angels, appears to not have foreseen these problems.
Meanwhile, many locals are not enamored by the project, and there’s even a Facebook page called Tear Down the Morningstar Tower.
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