In 1989, as Dr. Chavers became aware of the property, God began to plant a vision for the future in his mind of this building becoming part of the Academy of Arts Ministries.
After much inquiry and prayer, Dr, Chavers was able to purchase the abandoned 35,000 sq. ft. building for only $1/sq. foot!
Many of the alumni of this school, who are still living today, are overjoyed to see the Academy of Arts continuing to use this building for investing in youth.
Although the building had been purchased, there were still many changes and repairs to be made. Dr. Chavers, his family, and the staff and volunteers of the ministry renovated the space as money was provided. The Logos Theatre was officially opened to the public in 2006. What had, at its worst, been abandoned and vandalized now contained a fully-functioning, 364 seat auditorium, 20’ diameter turntable, class rooms and dormitory space, makeup and costume rooms, and office space. God had met a great need, and was only just beginning His work through the Logos Theatre.
Since its opening in 2006, the theatre has produced over 100 dramas on the lives of missionaries, biblical and world issues, and characters from the Word of God, while involving students and staff from Upstate South Carolina and all across the world.
Already, the Logos Theatre’s productions have built a unique reputation of professionalism and outstanding quality that does not sacrifice a God-honoring and inspirational message.