Since their doors opened in 2010, Segue Coffee, located at 609 S 10th St., has been a staple location for North Central students and Elliot Park residents. The quirky décor and inviting atmosphere crafted Segue into a community icon, a local hangout. After the opening of a second Segue location on 11th Avenue, the original shop has seen less foot traffic from students. In January, Jane Lundquist, Segue owner, decided to hand off her original coffee shop so it could become a coffee shop church under the leadership of Pastor John Steger.
Since June 20, 2015, Steger has worked taken strides toward becoming an inner city pastor, following a call to ministry he feels the Lord has placed on his life. After 34 years of managing car dealerships, Steger is not working to start Grace in the City Church, a nondenominational church plant.
“Our mission is to glorify God; creating unity, by building a community,” said Steger. “Our vision is to build a community of believers in Jesus Christ. We believe in discipleship, evangelism and missions.”
Rebecca Thomas, North Central senior and part of the church’s 32-person volunteer team, shares Steger’s vision for Grace in the City Church. Thomas will be working alongside the pastor as a relational greeter for Sunday services and will focus on connecting with people from the Elliot Park community. She believes the new church will have an allure that other churches do not have because of its unique setting and eclectic feel.
With the formation of the church, Segue Coffee’s name will be changed to Jaur, meaning just as you are. The name change is a reflection of the mission for Grace in the City Church, which Steger hope will be a “safe harbor” for people.
Throughout 2017, Grace in the City Church hopes to grow past the four walls of Segue Coffee and obtain building leases from surrounding businesses like Students Today Leaders Forever, Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. and Finnegans Brewery. Leasing these spaces will open opportunities for a sanctuary for Sunday services.
Grace in the City Church will be launching on Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, for their opening message series titled “Decisions, from bad to good!”
The new church will meet every Sunday from 4-5:30 p.m. with fellowship before service at 3 p.m. and after from 5:30-6 p.m.
After the Easter opening, Juar hours will be changed to 7-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays. They will be closed, apart from the church services, on Sundays.
For more information visit www.graceinthecity.org