Sunday, October 2, 2011

                                                                                                                     October 2, 2011

Glory To God Ministries
Cathedral City, California

"Cathedral City is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 51,200 at the 2010 census. Sandwiched between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, it is one of the cities in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) of southern California. Cathedral City is the second largest in population in the Coachella Valley, second only to Indio.[2]

"The town's name derives from "Cathedral Canyon" to the south of the town, so named in 1850 by Colonel Henry Washington because its rock formations were reminiscent of a cathedral. The city itself started as a housing subdivision in 1925, but was not incorporated until 1981. The city grew 4-5 times in two decades." (Link 1.)

"Glory to God Ministries was established to further the proclamation of God's Word and equip God's people for ministry. It also encourages and assists churches and ministries in carrying out God's vision to "teach all nations" to know Jesus and grow in the faith.

"Dr. Randy Brodhagen, raised in Portland, Oregon, founded Glory To God Ministries in 1978.  Previously, Dr. Brodhagen was a Pastor in the Lutheran church and currently serves as the host and teacher of the international radio & TV broadcast, “The Love of God,” which airs across the United States and Canada." (Link 2.)

Sanctuary under construction Feb. 2011

The building at 67-399 East Palm Canyon Drive that once housed Pompeii nightclub will soon be home to parishioners of Glory to God Ministries. In a three to nothing vote Monday the Cathedral City Architectural Review Committee approved plans for the church. Plans now go before the city’ planning commission, where church leaders will ask for a permit to begin transforming the building into a state-of-the-art church. The structure was built in the 1950’s by architect A, Quincy Jones. Plans call for a significant addition to the building and an elaborate water structure, along with a 19-foot-long cross that still needs to be cleared through the planning commission. Construction could take about six months. The building was sold to Glory to God Ministries for Two-Point-1-Million-Dollars in 2006. " (Link 3.)

"Hipster Haven to House of God
The former Pompeii nightclub at 67-399 East
Palm Canyon Dr. in Cathedral City has been
 many different restaurants and night spots,
 but never a church.
Prince Michael Romanoff, a Rodeo Drive restaurateur,
built Romanoff's on the Rocks, soon frequented by
Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall and Tony Curtis, among
other Hollywood stars.
A drugstore owner bought the space and renamed it
Rim Rocks to keep Romanoff's fancy china, silver and
furnishings with the "RR" monogram.
Joe Hanna and Sherman Harris bought the property
and kept it a restaurant with live lounge acts nightly
until 2 am.
George Simmone, a Honolulu nightclub owner, rented
the space and renamed it "Last Nights of Pompeii". 
Soon the space would have a working volcano, an
animatronic band, Jacuzzi rooms and a swim up bar.
The California Department of Justice's Organized Crime
Division arrested Pompeii part owner Dominic Peter
Lucci for selling cocaine at the club.
Pompeii closed after an arsonist set a fire inside the club.
A string of nightclubs and restaurants tried to take its place.
February 2006
Glory to God Ministries buys the property for $2.1 million and tears down Pompeii's two story volcano."
(Source: Joe Hanna and newspaper accounts.)
(Link 4.)
The church at 67-399 East Palm Canyon Dr. is now completed with Saturday and Sunday services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am, and 10:00 am in the sanctuary that seats 500.
Photos: Taken in February 2011 in Cathedral City, California by SW.
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