Feature: An amazing story

By Dom Ruggiero —  April 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

An amazing story

By Dom Ruggiero

When you walk into the Amazing Grace Resource Center in Mullica Hill you realize immediately that you are not entering a typical Christian bookstore.

The first thing that strikes you as you drive up to park is the spire of a once vibrant community church. Then as you walk in, the stained glass windows catch your eye. They accent the sudden feeling of reverence you get with their pastel colors and religious themes.

Then straight ahead as you weave your way through the bookstands, racks and displays you notice the altar. It sits there patiently, adorned with more of the proprietors’ wares, waiting for a pastor to approach and deliver a sermon. You may say to yourself ….”wow, how clever was it to make this bookstore look like a church.”

The fact is this bookstore was once a church, Trinity United Methodist to be exact. The original church was on High Street, relocated to Main Street and dates back to 1848. The congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church now meets on Cedar Rd in Mullica Hill.

Fast forward 150+ years and many pastors to 2003. Meet Justine and Randy Greene. They are the proprietors of Amazing Grace Resource Center. It had been their dream to eventually own a Christian bookstore. Feeling led to do so a few years ago, they made an attempt to open one in Pennsylvania. However, just when they thought it would happen, the Lord stepped in and said “not yet, not here.”

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