Daily Archives: April 1, 2007

Church stakes claim in future gambling zone

This weekend, the Rev. Terry Fox, a vocal gambling critic, announced that his church has purchased one acre of land in the heart of what could become a gambling hot-spot.

Summit church plans to build in the commercial development district at Wild West World Amusement Park. The Park City property sets across the street from the Wichita Greyhound Park where a new bill would allow slot machines to be installed. The bill also allows destination casinos in four areas of the state – in either Sedgwick or Sumner Co., Ford County, Wyandotte County and either Cherokee or Crawford County. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has promised to sign the bill into law.

Fox said Summit Church is now in a prime position to minister to people with gambling addictions.

“We want to be a church that – rather than criticizing and complaining – will be here to help people,” said Fox, who added that the church could break ground before this year ends.

Read more about the church’s plans in Monday’s Eagle.