Midwest City church feels ‘swindled’ after paying sign maker

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - The Divine Wisdom Worship Center is a work in progress.

“It needs a lot of work, yeah,” said Pastor Theodis Manning.

They finally got a new roof just last month.

“We got to replace all these ceiling tiles now,” Manning said.

The church, located at 8320 N.E. 10th Street, used to have a nice sign out front, proudly declaring their presence to the community.

But, about five months ago, it blew over in a storm.

“We called the sign company. He was right here in Midwest City at the time. So, we called him, and he did work for us before. And, as I said earlier, he seemed like a pretty nice guy,” Manning said.

Joseph Gregory with Sign Frequency quoted them a price of $2,467.

Manning said the church didn’t have the money but one of their parishioners generously stepped up to pay.

She paid it all up front.

“She trusted him basically because we had dealt with him before. So, she trusted him because he had a relationship with the church,” Manning said.

That new sign was supposed to be up by September or October, but it never happened.

“Well, I think he got ill once. He was backed up, had other jobs,” Manning said.

The church gave him a deadline of December 1.

That has come and gone, and now he’s not answering their calls.

“It’s not fair for her right now to want to do something nice for the church and then someone run off with her money,” Manning said.

Manning said the church has been more than understanding but they need a sign.

They frequently have to tow cars that end up parked in their lot because people think it’s an abandoned building.

He’s hoping the sign maker will do the right thing.

“I understand. People fall on hard times. We understand that. Business is tough sometimes. But, no communication at all, that’s unacceptable,” Manning said.

When News 4 tried the phone number on the church’s invoice, we got a recorded message saying the number was no longer in service.

Gregory has moved from his original location in Midwest City.

We also messaged him on Facebook, but he never responded.