How Richard Emmanuel became reverend of a church with a mission but no members ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff The Church, as it became known, has been many things to many people for the past 44 years. It is in danger of repossession. John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff Richard Emmanuel founded The Church in 1968. If it closes, a unique chapter in Gloucester history will end. John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff Emmanuel’s art installations, which fill much of the building, do not aim to soothe troubled souls. John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff Emmanuel removed the pews and turned the space into a gallery, featuring pieces that turn traditional religious iconography on its head. John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff By offering his artwork in exchange for donations, he’s hoping to raise $250,000 to shore up his finances. John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff “I tell younger people this is life, and life’s about struggles,” Emmanuel said.