The old house of heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is being transformed into a Church. The 25,000-square-foot Ohio property was donated to Living Word Sanctuary Church after its previous owner was convicted of money laundering.
Eight years after Paul Monea bought the property from Tyson for$ 1.3 million, he was imprisoned in 2007. The mansion was built in 1979 and then purchased by Tyson in 1989 for $ 300,000.
“The property had been untouched for 10 years,” said pastor Nicholas DeJacimo to the Warren Tribune-Chronicle . “You had so much grass you could have sold it for hay.”
He hopes that those enthusiastic Tyson fans who want to see their hero’s old land will also have the opportunity to hear the gospel preached.
‘People have always been attracted to Mike Tyson. We have motorcyclists and people who stop constantly wanting to see inside,’ said the pastor. ‘If someone comes for that same reason, just to check on it, they will and will also hear the word of God,’ he added, as reported by Fox 8.
Of course, there is a lot of work to be done, but the Church team hopes to open the doors by the end of the year: ‘Our plan is to have everything open in December with a great opening celebration in time for the holidays. Everything is getting underway, ‘said co-pastor Mark Cohen.
‘Receiving this is a miracle. We needed a bigger place, ‘added Pastor DeJacimo. ‘We had to pay real estate and back taxes. Then, for $ 50,000 we acquired the full property. It was basically donated to us because the previous owner had to cancel it. I tell the congregation that God literally gave us this.’