An international christian ministry planned to erect a massive megachurch in Bergen Beach — but the lack of parking space has them reconsidering their scheme.
“We don’t want to disturb the neighborhood,” said Pastor Kayode Isebaju. “We want parking to be on the premises, that is paramount.”
Nigerian-based Mountain of the Fire and Miracles Ministries — a full gospel ministry devoted to “Holy Ghost fireworks” and “the unlimited demonstration of the power of God” — purchased the lot at 6917 Avenue W for $2.2 million last year with the intention of constructing their second house of worship in the borough.
However, they’re now considering using the land as office space instead because the new location couldn’t guarantee on-site parking for motorists driving to mass, according to Isebaju.
Now, the group is working with architects to draw up several different options, and church board members will make a final decision on the land use in the coming months, according to Isebaju, who said the ministry plans to maintain its location at 180 Blake Ave. in Brownsville regardless of future plans.
The church was first attracted to the Bergen Beach location — between E. 69th and E. 70th streets — because many of its over 200 congregants live nearby, according to Isebaju.
The Pentecostal church was founded in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria and operates locations in Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx — as well as in 69 other countries across the globe.