WINFIELD (WATE) – What was once a crowded bar in Scott County is now a non-denominational church called The Bridge Ministries in Winfield.
There’s a new atmosphere at the old honky tonk.
“This was the hangout. You could still drink here, but it’s a new wine. You can still dance here, but it’s to a new song. You can still fight here, but it’s not against flesh and blood,” said Pastor Jeff Muse.
Muse says the move has been getting positive feedback.
“We’ve had no issues whatsoever. We’ve been welcomed by everyone,” said Muse.
They started with 13 members and have now grown to more than 80. They used to have church service in an old storefront, but they’ve outgrown it.
“We needed the space and this is at least three times the space of what we had,” said Muse.
Many renovations have gone into the new building.
“Paint was the big one. A lot of paint, a lot of paint,” said Muse.
Pastor Muse plans to keep the bar and table to be used as a fellowship. Church member Fitz Keith remembers hanging out here when it was a bar. He’s happy about the new transformation.
“Drinking new wine, drinking the Holy Spirit. You couldn’t ask for anymore or any better,” said Keith.
The Bridge Ministries have only been around for 13 months and they are currently leasing to own the building. They’ve been renovating it since the beginning of May amd Pastor Muse says they still have lots of work.