CHARLOTTE — The pastor of the fast-growing Elevation Church is building a 16,000-square-foot gated home in Union County.
The Charlotte Observer reports the home being built by Pastor Steven Furtick is on a large wooded lot in Waxhaw, about 30 miles south of Charlotte. The tax value on the 19-acre property is $1.6 million, though the church's chief financial officer pointed out that Furtick paid $325,000 for it. That figure is confirmed by Union County tax records.
Corbett also said the 16,000 square foot figure was misleading - 8,400 square feet of the house will be heated, and the rest will be basement, attic, garage and porch space.
According to public records, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson's home is 7,068 square feet and its tax value is $2.6 million.
Chief financial officer Chunks Corbett said the 33-year-old Furtick is paying for the five-bedroom house with income from the books he's written and will write. Corbett wouldn't say how much the church pays Furtick. The church's board bases Furtick's salary, Corbett said, on a "compensation study formulated by an attorney's office" that's not tied to the church.
"Quiet, private - and want to keep it that way" is how one of Furtick's future neighbors described the upscale community and the people who live there.
Furtick has nearly 12,000 worshippers every weekend. Most are young people drawn by the Christian rock music, the multi-media worship and the way Furtick delivers his message.