Church cheers zoning board’s ruling

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

About half of their active church members were on hand Tuesday to applaud, stand up, holler and cheer announcement of the Henderson zoning board decisions allowing Voice of Deliverance Ministries to move to a new Williams Street location.

Board members voted in favor of a special use permit and a variance request so the ministry could meet as a congregation of about 50, up to 66 without arranging for more parking, and operate at an existing 3,000-square foot building at 944 S. Williams St., near the end of Davis Street.

Rev. Charlie Jones and his wife, Juanita, said their passion is for bringing positive messages and actions to the area, and it is because of hurt hearts that their hearts ache to see souls and lives delivered.

“I see so many things that can be done in the community,” Charlie Jones said. “There are many people who need help, and I want to be a help to the community. I look at things going on there, and it hurts my heart.”

“We are concerned about the whole person,” Juanita Jones said. “I love people. Every job I have ever had has been with the public. We are concerned about the whole person. I just wish I could help everybody.”

They said the ministry vision includes acting against hunger, people with physical needs and outreach to counter the effects of drug and alcohol dependency problems.

“We are not here just to talk, to get people to say yes,” Juanita Jones said. “We live what we talk about.”

Voice of Deliverance meets currently on Raleigh Road.

In other business, the zoning board members approved restoring expired 2004 special use and variance provisions for construction of the performing arts center at 201 Breckenridge St. The construction is expected to take about 15 months and is likely to start in late summer or early fall.

Roberta Douglas of H.G Reynolds said construction would run about 15 months into early 2015.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.