Church holds services at Gortz Haus

Local News

The doors on a metro building involved in a gay marriage and religious liberty debate are back open. 

The Gortz Haus in Grimes has new owners, the Harvest Bible Chapel Church. 

The group held their first services Sunday, and the former building owners were there to see it kick off as members of the congregation. 

This summer the Gortz Haus Gallery closed up shop after the wedding venue refused to hold a same-sex marriage ceremony. They were forced to pay a settlement of $5,000 in that case and were told they could not deny same-sex weddings again. They host to host no weddings at all, and the lost of business caused them to close. 

Now, there will be weddings in the building again but under new ownership, the Harvest Bible Chapel Church bought the building two months ago. 

“To pass it over is difficult but we are proud of what it’s become, anything less would have been harder,” said former owner Betty Ogaard. 

The Ogaard’s have been members of the Harvest Bible Chapel Church for about 8 months. 

“This was the answer to our prayers, a victory in our hearts,” said former owner Dick Ogaard. 

The Harvest Bible Chapel Church will hold services Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

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