FRONT ROYAL – Dynamic Life Ministries has opened a coffee shop, DL Campus on Main.
“We are excited to be here. Our focus is on reaching the town,” said Elvi Rogers, whose husband W. Carlton Rogers is the senior pastor of Dynamic Life Praise and Worship Center, 1600 John Marshall Highway.
Elvi Rogers said the church, which invested money into equipment and renovations in the shop, does not anticipate making any profit on the coffee shop anytime soon. But to the church, she said, the shop will fulfill a mission of service to the community.
The Rogers say they hope the coffee shop can help if someone wants to have a relationship with God, and it can also be a space for the elderly so that they have a place to visit for companionship.
“We are hoping someone who would not step into a church will come here,” Elvi Rogers said.
The Rogers are also reaching out to young people, some of whom, she said, are becoming lost.
“People need to know there is hope,” she said.
The coffee shop, located at 131 E. Main St., has been remodeled using local contractors to give it a comfortable, industrial rustic feel. In one corner sits drums and a keyboard. There is also a ping pong table in another part of the shop. On the coffee shop’s wall is a painted message that reads “Making Jesus Famous.”
The Rogers say they plan to offer karaoke, comedy nights, singles events, couples nights, youth nights and even a night called Celebrate Recovery. The coffee shop will be staffed with paid help during normal daytime business hours and church volunteers will staff special evening events.
There will always be a church ministry leader in the coffee shop to pray with someone who wants it, Elvi Rogers said. Or someone can just come in for a cup of one of several varieties of Peet’s coffees or teas, and a snack, and sit undisturbed at a table or in one of the overstuffed comfortable recliners, she said.
For someone who may have a digestive disorder, the staff can use soy, almond, or oat milk in a drink. A trainer with Peet’s Coffee visited the shop and trained staff, Elvi Rogers said.
They also serve sodas and juices, and she said they hope in the future to have an oven installed so they can serve pizza and sandwiches.
A grand opening, with live music, will be held from from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.