Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
At one point, it was a spectacle of boxing trophies, lavish parties and even a few tigers roaming around the ground.
Now, the former mansion of legendary boxer Mike Tyson is being turned into a church after the landowner who bought the mansion at auction donated it to a local church.
The building in Southington, Ohio was built with gold-plated furnishings and even a jacuzzi room with mirrored ceilings. The mansion still has many of the extravagant touches but has been abandoned since the boxer went bankrupt and was forced to sell almost all of his possessions.
The mansion was given to Living Word Sanctuary that plans to have the building converted to a ministry center by the end of the year. They’ve even invited Mike Tyson to come and attend the first service in the building when it’s ready to go.
“How we stumbled upon the place was really God’s grace because we had no intentions of looking…,”said Pastor Nick Dejacimo of Living Word. The church plans to have Vacation Bible Schools and nature events at the grounds along with weekly worship services and Bible studies.
The church is currently meeting inside a YMCA in Warren, Ohio.