Preservation, conservation join hands

Members of Lowcountry Land Trust continue the unpacking process after moving into the Sunday school building of Redeemer Presbyterian Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Charleston. (Paul Zoeller/

Paul Zoeller

A year ago, Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s congregation was wondering if it could find a way to remain in its historic Wentworth Street sanctuary.

Today, the church’s members not only have bought the building but they also have found an innovative way to ensure they stay there.

The church recently leased about a quarter of its Sunday School building to the Lowcounty Open Land Trust, a nonprofit that had outgrown its offices at 80 Alexander St.

The deal not only gives the trust about 3,000 square feet of affordable office space, plus 16 parking spaces, but it also will produce a revenue stream that will help the church pay down its approximately $1 million debt.

“It’s like the Lord knew we needed help,” said Nancy Vinson, a Redeemer member and one of several who plan to gather inside the church at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the deal.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.