Greater Tulsa Reporter
FAITHFUL FIVESOME: Present after the ribbon cutting for First Presbyterian Church’s 8:10 building are Bobby Pielsticker (8:10 building committee chair), Charlie Stephenson (strategic planning committee) with wife Peggy Stephenson, Dr. Jim Miller (co-pastor, First Presbyterian Church), and Gordy Guest (CEO, Cyntergy).
Courtesy First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa hosted a ribbon cutting on Oct. 1 to commemorate the opening of the 8:10 Building located at 810 S. Cincinnati Ave. in downtown Tulsa.
The 8:10 Building was erected in the 1920s and originally housed a Studebaker auto dealership. Most recently known as the Avanti building, it has six floors and more than 80,000 square feet.
An innovative example of “social entrepreneurship,” church leaders say that the 8:10 Building is an ongoing, self-sustaining mission endowment that will harness the rent paid by local businesses for the common good. Every cent of the building’s net profit will go directly to local urban mission programs to uplift families and individuals in need. The 8:10 Building is the product of creative thinking by church leadership and several key members, including Charles and Peggy Stephenson who provided the initial funding to make the project possible.