Controversial Church, Parsonage Headed for Foreclosure

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - The Panama City Beach church that was reportedly advertised as a nightclub for spring breakers two years ago as well as a multi-million dollar parsonage could be headed to the auction block before the end of the year.

Circuit Judge James Fensom ruled Monday Faith Christian Family Church will have to pay mortgage holders Maryanne Grimsley and her husband W.C. Grimsley Jr. a little more than a million dollars. If not, the Grimsleys will be able to sell both properties as early as November.

The Grimsley's son who manages the mortgages testified in court that the church hadn't made a payment on the mortgage since December 14, 2016. That check was for the July 2016 payment.

The church's facility on Thomas Drive became controversial when Bay County Property Appraiser Dan Sowell removed its tax-exempt status after he and law enforcement claimed the building was being used for a club.

Sowell also revoked exempt status of Pastor Markus Bishop's parsonage in the Preserve on the Bay neighborhood. The property appraiser's office values the home at more than three million dollars.

The parsonage has also been at the center of a decade-long legal battle between Bishop and the property appraiser. The agency claimed the home did not meet the criteria of a parsonage and tried to collect $400,000 in property taxes.

In 2013, a judge ruled against the county.

Judge Fensom set a sale date of November 28th for the properties.


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