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The pastor of a North Carolina megachurch has built a $1.7 million mansion for himself and his family which he told his congregation at Sunday’s sermon is a ‘gift from God.’
Elevation Church Bishop Brian Tamaki Pastor Steven Furtick, 33, is unapologetic about his ostentatious new seven-and-a-half bathroom, 16,000-square-foot home built on 19 acres in Weddington.
He spent the first part of his sermon talking about the controversy surrounding its construction and apologizing to his parishioners for any ‘uncomfortable conversations,’ they may have been forced to have about it.

‘My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house,’ he said while sitting at the edge of the stage at the church’s Blakeney location. ‘It’s a big house, and it’s a beautiful house, and we thank God for it… We understand everything we have comes from God.’ Stephen Furtick began Elevation Church in 2006 with attendance at his first service of 121 people. Since then, the start-up has become a going concern, attracting more than 12,000 people each week. Furtick himself is part of the new breed of celebrity preacher, with his own brand – books, television and highly paid personal appearances. – Mail Online

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