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THE FOCAL POIN T of the platform at
Guelph, Ont.’s Church at The Manor is
not an altar, but a stripper’s pole. Yet the
protrusion poses no obstacle for Jack and
Sharon Ninaber. The husband and wife
ministry team simply take turns standing
beside it each Sunday afternoon, to lead
worship, to preach and to pray.
Mirrored walls, a wrestling ring, red
and orange globe lights and a large
suits people who’ve been up late the
night before, say the Ninabers. The
service begins at 1 p.m. It’s church
for people who would never cross
the threshold of a traditional church
building, says Jack, for people who
aren’t good at concealing their pain.
“The people here don’t try to hide
what they’re dealing with,” he says.
“They’re just so open and honest.”
ministry in strip club opens doors
Church grows in an unexpected place
shower stall decorate this dimly lit
sanctuary. But none of it fazes the
couple, who believe that mission
means going wherever there are
people who need the gospel, even if
it’s into The Manor, a 120-year-old
mansion, and home to the city’s most
notorious gentleman’s club.
The gathering starts at 12: 30 p.m.
with a free buffet lunch – the time
Carrie Billings was baptized along with six others in The Manor’s parking lot in August.