The church campus, with a 6,000-seat main auditorium, large fellowship hall, offices, classrooms and theater, sits on 51 acres.
Paulk, who died at 81 in March, was a leader in the civil rights movement. He was one of the white clergymen who stood with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and was recognized by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and Atlanta Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. He built Cathedral at Chapel Hill with his brother, Rev. Donnie Paulk, and the church at one time had an interracial congregation of 10,000.
In the 1990s, however, Paulk was the subject of several accusations by women who said they had affairs with him. One woman claimed he molested her as a child while another said he coerced her into an affair. It was later revealed that Paulk fathered a son with his brother’s wife.
The Rev. D.E. Paulk, his son from that affair, now leads the church, which bills itself as “the trendiest, friendliest, most radically inclusive worship experience in Atlanta.” He said last year that the church, which lost members after the scandal, was smaller and did not need the space at the Cathedral.
Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church members will relocate to the cathedral and sell their current building, also in south DeKalb.