Its initial quarters was near the current corner of Lindell Blvd. and Whittier St. in the Central West End, it soon moved into the Queen’s Daughters Home at 3730 Lindell Blvd.
In 1990 I got involved and became a member of the Church of Scientology of Missouri. At that time they were leasing half of a building located at 9510 Page Blvd. The other half of the building was leased by a carpet cleaning company. If you look at the photo on the right the church leased the left side of the building and the carpet cleaners leased the right side with the loading docks.
In 1997, the Church moved into its current location at 6901 Delmar Blvd, which was once a Masonic temple.
In 2007 the Church of Scientology of Missouri bought another building located at 2345 Lafayette Avenue for $1.9 million from an individual that only paid $800,000 for it less than a year before. This was paid for by donations from the local St. Louis parishioners.
The Church also purchased 2351 Lafayette Avenue from a Mary Johnson in 2007 for $500,000. They paid $500,000 for this lot (for parking) and the property was in foreclosure or default of mortgage. They could have gotten a great deal since Mary Johnson only paid $150,000 for the lot a few years earlier.
Since 2007 this so-called Church has been bleeding its members dry, doing event after event for donations. They need $6 million to $10 million to complete the renovations of this building and parking lot.
This “church” said they needed the new building because of expansion of Scientology in St Louis. If that is the case then where are the new members?
Its been 45 years since Scientology formed a church in St Louis and they have on average 20 to 30 staff members, and 75 to 100 parishioners.
In the 22 years I was a member of the Church of Scientology of Missouri I never saw more than 8 people at a Sunday service. But to be fair this “church” was never really interested in doing a Sunday service because it was free.
This church prefers you to buy a course or counseling. You even have to pay for them to hear your confessions. Then they put you in a course room or in a room with your minister the whole time you are there. When I was taking courses the course room would average about 8 people on course, and over half of those people were staff members.
The St Louis Church of Scientology is a corporation, a business, plain and simple. They provide products and services for set donation.
If the products and services delivered what they promised (advertised) Scientology would be expanding. They would have new customers (parishioner’s) coming in the door every week.
They would have had their new building and parking lot completed in 2007 because the “church” would have needed the space.
So when does Scientology work?