Closings and delays

Mystery man saves NC church from foreclosure

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MORGANTON, N.C. — A North Carolina pastor said an anonymous stranger saved his church from foreclosure after paying off their debt to a bank.

WSOC reported that Grandview Baptist Church in Morganton owed $345,000 to a bank after borrowing $345,000 for a family life center. 

Pastor John Whisnant said they were unable to pay the money back as the economy worsened.

Church members were moving the last items out of their sanctuary Thursday when a man Whisnant said he had never seen pulled into the parking lot.

He said the man offered to pay off the bank. He said the man asked to remain anonymous.

The attorney handling the foreclosure confirmed that he received a check for 10 percent of what was owed on Friday. He said the rest of the money will be paid Monday and the church will be debt free.

Whisnant said he will never forget the man and his generosity.

“I lost it. I was very emotional at the time," he said, according to WSOC. "He is just a wonderful, wonderful, generous fellow who wanted to do something great in our community -- and he did."

Source: WSOC.