Since 2007, the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Georgia, and its former congregation at Christ Church have been embroiled in a legal dispute over the ownership of the church property, which includes the church building, an adjacent parking lot and two separate buildings located in the downtown historic district.
The congregation, which dates to 1733, acquired three other properties in the 1900s. County records estimate their combined value at over $2.7 million.
A Chatham County judge has ruled in favor of the Episcopal Church. But, the lawsuit is pending the outcome of Christ Church’s August appeal to the state Supreme Court.
For now, the charities operating on the property believe they’ll be able to continue their mission uninterrupted and free of charge.