Mariano Rivera Restores Old New York Church for Refuge of Hope, the Pentecostal Christian Congregation Led by his Wife

Retired New York Yankees legend, Mariano Rivera, recently poured $3 million into a 107-year-old church in New Rochelle, New York, that desperately needed renovation to continue spreading the love of God to a community needing hope. The grey stone building had been a Presbyterian church but was abandoned in the 1970s and was eventually bought by New Rochelle, a diverse city of about 77,000 just 6 miles north of the Bronx.

Photo shows retired New York Yankees legend, Mariano Rivera, speaking with the media in March 2014 about the rescues and renovation of a 107 year old New Rochelle church.

Rivera credits God for his success on the field where he accumulated a record 652 saves before retiring last season. “It has been a privilege to fulfill a dream that God put in our hearts,” he told the congregation at Refugio de Esperanza, or Refuge of Hope, the Pentacostal Christian congregation led by his wife, Clara. When asked if the rescue of the church should be added to his 652 saves, Rivera said, “You could say that. This was a big one.”

Watch video discussing Mariano Rivera’s restoration of old New York church

The city agreed to sell the building to Rivera for $1 in return for his promise to rehabilitate it. One opponent at the time, City Councilman Louis Trangucci, said he still feels the city should have tried to get more for the property. But he said the project has only enhanced the area “and I support what Mariano had done with the church.”

Rivera, known as ‘Mo”, was a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees for almost two decades. He is a devout Christian and gives all the credit to God for his success. If you would like to book Christian speakers like Mariano Rivera for a speaking engagement, guest appearance or church event, contact Mariano Rivera’s booking agent for appearance and speaker fees at Christian Speakers 360 or call 800.966.1380.

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