Church owned mall and charlatan pastor in Grand Forks exposed
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 24, 2015 at 4:20 P.M. CST
Time tells all tales.
Paul Knight, pastor, Hope Church, told a whopper to the Grand Forks Herald in February, 2015, when he said “our goal is to keep everyone where they are” after the church purchased the Grand Cities Mall.
The large spread in the newspaper comforted the public and case a positive light on the idea of a tax-exempt church purchasing an operating mall.
In October, 2015, the mall’s manager, Hope Church member Louis Christoffer, evicted an 81 year-old shopkeeper.
Nearly seven months have passed since David Gerszewski, 81, was told to clear out his thrift store because the mall was “losing money” and needed to immediately increase the rent from $500 to $2,000.
As of today – the store remains vacant.
Write Into Action interviewed Gerszewski in October, 2015. “They said they could rent this space out in two days (for $2,000 per month) and they are losing money,” he said
After Write Into Action broke the story on October 14, 2015; WDAZ TV followed up on October 19 and interviewed Christoffer.
“It had nothing to do with anything other than pure economics. We need to make x amount to get by,” Christoffer told WDAZ.
“He was paying well below the market rate and we wanted to get him closer to that market rate. The unfortunate part of that is that it was a large increase,” Chistoffer said.
Write Into Action will continue to alert the public on future developments regarding Paul Knight’s enterprise.