Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church


              This May 24, 2021, photo shows the sign for the Open Door Baptist Church, which is located in a former strip club on the main floor of the building to the right with a sex shop located in the building across the street. Pastor Kenny Menendez hopes that the church — which is also situated between a marijuana retail store and downtrodden motels — could be a start to improving the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This May 27, 2021, shows a marijuana retail store down the block from the Open Door Baptist Church , located inside a former strip club in Anchorage, Alaska. Pastor Kenny Menendez hopes that the church — which is also situated between a sex store and downtrodden motels — could be a start to improving the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              In this May 27, 2021, photo, Pastor Kenny Menendez poses at the Open Door Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. The church has replaced a strip club that used to beckon people off the highway. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This May 24, 2021, shows a sex store across the street from the Open Door Baptist Church , located inside a former strip club in Anchorage, Alaska. Pastor Kenny Menendez hopes that the church — which is also situated between a marijuana retail store and downtrodden motels — could be a start to improving the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              May 24, 2021, photo shows a youth ministry room inside the Open Door Baptist Church, which is located in a former strip club in Anchorage, Alaska. This room was formerly a private lap dance room. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              In this May 24, 2021, photo, Linda Dunegan shows how she prays in the Open Door Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunegan purchased a former strip club and leased the main floor to the church. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This May 24, 2021, photo shows the sign for the Open Door Baptist Church along a highway leading into Anchorage, Alaska. The church has replaced a strip club that used to beckon people off the highway. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This May 24, 2021, photo shows the remnants of a former strip club and bar, which were stacked in an unused area of the building in Anchorage, Alaska. The former strip club has been converted into a space for the Open Door Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              In this May 24, 2021, photo, Linda Dunegan poses for a photo in the sanctuary of the Open Door Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunegan purchased a former strip club and leased the main floor to the church. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
            
              This May 24, 2021, photo shows the sign for the Open Door Baptist Church along a highway leading into Anchorage, Alaska. The church has replaced a strip club that used to beckon people off the highway. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)