Pastor Steven Furtick helped grow Elevation Church into one of the largest in the nation, and now he’s building a huge place of his own.
Pastor Furtick is building a massive mansion in a wooded lot near Waxhaw, North Carolina, and the gated mansion will reportedly cover 16,000-square feet.
The 19-acre property was valued at $1.6 million, but county tax records show that Furtick paid just a fraction of that price — $325,000 in total.
Possibly sensing a blowback for the ostentatious purchase, Elevation Church chief financial officer Chunks Corbett has tried to clear up what he sees as misconceptions about the mansion. It will not be 16,000 square feet of living space, he said, but instead 8,400 square feet of heated area. The rest will be the basement, attic, garage, and porch, Corbett noted.
The house will be paid for with money Pastor Furtick has made from books he’s written and not from donations to Elevation Church, Corbett added. Furtick reached the New York Times Best Seller list for the books Greater and Sun Stand Still.
Furtick at least has the modesty part down. In a recent sermon, he noted that “it’s not that great of a house,” though records show that it will be among the largest in the Charlotte area.
Folks who want to sneak a look at the pastor’s massive mansion will have a hard time. Furtick used a trust as the name on the deed, so people won’t be able to access it through public records.
“That’s for security and privacy of the family,” Corbett said. “When you’re a public figure, it’s a different thing …(Furtick) is the trust. It’s his house.”
Pastor Furtick has grown Elevation Church from just a handful of families to one that now draws in more than 12,000 worshipers each weekend. The church has eight campuses spread out across four counties, and brings in close to $400,000 in donations each weekend.