With Rev. Dr. Michael Gehring
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Phil McCoy.
Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church, with Rev. George Erwin.
The idea of a Christian coffeehouse & music venue came in response to the need for teens and college age young adults to have a place to call their own. In November of 1997 a multi denominational group of pastors along with support from their congregations worked together to accomplish just that. The Upper Room Ministries opened in 1998.
As support increased so did the need for a larger facility. After a couple of moves the non-profit ministry purchased a 2 story, 13000 sq. ft building in the heart of downtown Statesville, where it has been located for 16 years.
The Upper Room Ministries is a registered 501C3 Non-Profit business. Financial support comes from local churches and individuals. It continues to provide live music and a safe environment for social gatherings. The power of God working through volunteers, bands and youth has made this ministry effective for 18 years.