How a Local Church Came to Buy a Point Loma Strip Club

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The Rock Church

The Rock Church Plans to Transform Former Strip Club

by Delaney Mowers/ / October 10, 2018

The Rock Church, located in Liberty Station at 2277 Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, is home to over 18,000 people in San Diego that attend church services at one of The Rock’s five campuses or watch the online broadcast.  Beginning at San Diego State University on February 27th, 2000, The Rock opened its campus in Liberty Station in 2007, where it has continued to grow and expand internally and through the start of its four additional campuses.

Along with its size, the Rock Church is a force that leverages itself to make a difference in the community.  Currently, the church runs over 60 outreach ministries, ranging from programs for teachers in the community to human trafficking victims.

In June of 2018, the work of the Rock Church expanded further into the community when they purchased the body shop called “Nude Girls” located at 3776 Riley Street for $1.2 million.

Chuck Leslie, pastor of stewardship at The Rock Church, oversees special projects at the church, and this project fell into his purview.  He said that this process began when a church member, who had been praying about the strip club for years, notified the church in an email that the property was for sale.  The property was being looked at by others in the original industry, and the church did not want this to continue as the fate of the property.

“We realized we had to buy the property or someone else in the industry was going to buy it,” Leslie said.  “We started the process of buying it so that it can never be a strip club again.”

The Rock came together with supporters from the community to purchase the property, forming a Limited Liability Company, with The Rock as the biggest owner group.  The Rock contributed around half of the $1.2 million needed for the purchase, with all of the funds specifically donated to The Rock for this reason.  The influence of the church was seen in this purchase, as a large portion of the funds, according to Leslie, were donated by people who are not affiliated with the church outside of their donation.

Currently, the church is in the process of deciding what will happen to the building. The church may utilize the property as a women’s resource center in the future if funds are available. In the meantime, the church is committed to holding the property for two years, as the license for the use of the property as a strip club will expire at that point.

“They are trying to turn it into something more beneficial for the community, so if you look at the heart behind it, I think it is a good thing,”

-said Victoria Rupp, a junior managerial and organizational management major at Point Loma, who attends The Rock Church.

“We have received a lot of praise for this purchase,” Leslie said. “These exist, but they shouldn’t have to be right in your face.  We just want to be a part of creating a positive neighborhood.  We love the women who work in these clubs, we love the men who go, but we want to show them a better way.”

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tyler October 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Must be nice having all that cash from not paying taxes! Maybe they can create a parking lot for all of their attendees who create a living hell for anyone doing weekend grocery shopping at Liberty Station.


Amanda October 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm

omg so funny & sooooo true. Totally hijacked on Sundays – don’t even bother venturing out :(


OB Mercy October 11, 2018 at 4:28 pm

C’mon Tyler, locals know you NEVER go to Liberty Station on a Sunday! Well, I at least steer clear of Trader Joe’s!


Vern October 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Sunday, with good planning, you can get in (8:01am) and out (8:10am) of Trader J’s and only deal with a smattering of zombies staggering to the Rock.

Now, where are all the Prop 65 signs at Liberty Station? That airplane soot is filled with carcinogens.


Frank Gormlie October 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Our problem at Trader Joe’s was with the zombies staggering out of the Rock in the parking lot.


Eddie October 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Ruined the Technical Training Building (Building 94) at NTC for their church, and now this? Some poor sailors are probably spinning in their graves right about now.


Jeffeck October 12, 2018 at 9:33 am

Never mind the 60 outreach ministries, ranging from programs for teachers in the community to human trafficking victims.

They volunteered thousands of hours to the city for all kinds of projects.

They are a good neighbor. Next buy: Les Girls!


Jon Carr October 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Never mind they support gay conversion therapy, and poured tens of thousands into prop 8.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.
~Oscar Wilde


Frank Gormlie October 16, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Ouch! Whoa …pony. That’s terrible the Rock Church supports gay conversion.


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