Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Christian School Buys Former Church for $5.19M: Regent Plans Three-Phase Renovation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Christian School Buys Former Church for $5.19M: Regent Plans Three-Phase Renovation

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Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma paid $5.19 million for the former home of the controversial Higher Dimensions Church.

The private Christian school has operated in the 71,000-square- foot facility since November, even as it negotiated for the building's acquisition from Lexxus Investments LLC of Tulsa.

Lexxus had acquired the site in a 2005 foreclosure.

Before entering the 25-acre site at 8621 S. Memorial Dr., seven- year-old Regent Preparatory School had operated at Central Assembly, 4801 S. 72nd East Ave. With its student body growing fourfold to a reported 265 as its curriculum expanded to include eighth grade, the need for larger quarters led Regent officials to look at several facilities before choosing the former church.

Regent officials have discussed a three-phase renovation budgeted at up to $800,000, according to a Tulsa World report. The school's Web site said the first phase involves renovations to accommodate the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade programs. Completion would then lead to phase-two work on a classical brick facade and gymnasium, followed by a high school building.

The facility became available after Higher Dimensions lost more than 75 percent of its membership over a four-year period, according to Christianity Today magazine.

The Rev. Carlton Pearson, who had launched the church in 1981, had obtained a national following as an author, conference leader and through regular appearances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and other mediums. …

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