Century-old north Tulsa church could be forced to close its doors

Century-old north Tulsa church could be forced to close its doors (KTUL)

Wesley Chapel, just off Martin Luther King Boulevard in north Tulsa, has been around for well over a century, and Pastor David Fields said the years haven't always been kind.

"In 1921, it was burned down in the race riot," said Fields.

Fields said the church, located in the Greenwood District at the time of the Tulsa riots, was down, but not out.

"With the help of the city. We had the community chip in. There were a lot of people who chipped in to help rebuild the church," said Fields.

The people of the church were hit with some more bad news, 97 years to the day.

"According to the United Methodist Church, it has been designated for closing," said Fields.

Fields said the United Methodist Church has given Fields and his congregation until Friday to get out.

Among the list of reasons, Fields said, they were told the church wasn't financially sound.

But this church, as tiny and old as it may look, has a history of fighting back, and like that terrible day back in 1921, the people of this church aren't ready to give up.

"It's not over yet. It's just a stumbling block. We'll get back up and keep fighting," said church member Erika Hentz.

There is a solution, a way to keep the doors open.

Come up with around $250,000, and they can buy the building.

Now, Children's Pastor Chris Beach said, just as the community came together to rebuild this church after the race riots, they're hoping and praying for another miracle.

"Wesley is at the point again, after Wesley has served so many people in the community, Wesley needs help again, to help survive this challenge," said Beach.

If you'd like to help, you can find their Gofundme account here.

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