The downtown Charleston church threatened with being sold to become someone’s private home is instead half way to reaching the fundraising goal to save it.

Members of Church of the Redeemer at 43 Wentworth St., say they’ve raised or secured $800,000 of the $1.6 million needed to keep the 1840s building off the seller’s block.

Much of the money was raised from sources tied to the congregation. Now, the group plans to expand their tax-deductible pitch to outside the church family, knowing they have until Oct. 31 to make their goal.

The nearly 175-year-old site must “continue to play the role that it has played in the heart of this city,” Pastor Craig Bailey of Redeemer Presbyterian, said tonight during a gathering to announce their progress.

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