Biker church in Van Wert gifted with permanent building

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A biker church in Van Wert, which has been looking for a building for two years, has finally found a home. Whitehorse Biker Church held a dedication ceremony at their new church Sunday afternoon.

Paster Slowride started the Church in 2016 in a tent in a friend’s backyard. They eventually started having services at a Van Wert gymnasium. 

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church near Van Wert came to them with some good news in February. They were closing down their church at 303 South Adams St. in Middle Point due to low attendance and the death of their pastor. 

“They called me on the phone and said I heard you’re looking for a church and I said that depends on how much the rent is,” said Slowride. “He says, ‘no we want to give it to you.’ [I was like, ‘What? Amen!” And they followed through.” 

This means the world to Whitehorse Biker Church, which has a special focus on bikers. 

“We take the gospel to the highways and biways to the motorcycle clubs,” Slowride explained. “We go to the parties. We go into their clubhouses. We go to their functions. As Christ took the gospel out, we take it out to them and then you can see the love. Then they’re back here when we have an event. They come back and share the love.”

Now that they have permanent home, their impact in Van Wert can be even greater. 

“This blessing allows us to put a stamp on this community of Middle Point, Ohio and be able to put up our Harley stuff, be able to call this our home,” said vice president John Haskin. “We can run functions and events out of it and it’s our ideas and we can do it on our timeline and we want to take God’s love to our community, be a lighthouse to this community.”

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