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House of Ribs being transformed to house of worship

Becky Campbell • Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 1:21 PM

The iconic House of Ribs will soon be transformed into a house of worship after the property was purchased by a new church in the area.

The River of Tri-Cities Church bought the restaurant and property last year with its sights on a new congregational area as well as a Bible college.

“We purchased it at an auction in August and we’re in the process right now getting architectural plans drawn up,” Pastor Todd Holmes said this week. He and his wife, Pastor Katie Holmes started the church 15 months ago, first meeting in a local hotel, and then a larger space in Gray.

Holmes said the congregation is excited about the new plans, but there was one more move the church had to make before House of Ribs is transformed into its new home.

For the next 12 to 15 months, The River will meet in the back ballroom of Peerless Restaurant, 2531 N. Roan St.,  as it undergoes a major renovation in the front area.

Holmes and his wife are new to the area, arriving just months before starting the new church.

“God dripped it into my heart to come here,” he said. “We need room for classrooms because we’ll be starting a Bible College.”

He said 60 to 70 people attend The River, but the congregation is growing.

For more information about the church, visit its website at www.riveroftricities.com. Services are held Sundays at 10 a.m,. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. and there are children’s and youth ministries.

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