Members of the New York-area Elevation worship group, Elevation San Francisco, have raised more than $10,000 for a church in South Florida, which they said was built by a cult.
The Elevation Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale was built in the 1970s by cult leader Joseph Pizzarello, who died in 2012.
The church was built on an area that was once home to a community of altars.
Elevation members say Pizzarenco used their name to sell their altars, which he called altars to God.
According to Elevation officials, the church’s original purpose was to serve the needs of a local church but in recent years the church has become a place where people can gather for worship and a place for people to pray.
The church is located at the intersection of the Everglades and South Florida coast, just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale airport.
Pizzarelli is serving a life sentence in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to federal investigators.
He is scheduled to be released in 2020.