60-Year-Old Ministry Breaks Ground On New Headquarters In Collegedale

Monday, June 26, 2017
Rendering of new It Is Written headquarters
Rendering of new It Is Written headquarters

The international media evangelism ministry, It Is Written, is breaking ground on a new ministry headquarters on July 10 at 10 a.m. The groundbreaking ceremony will feature It Is Written representatives, local government and business leaders, and Seventh-day Adventist church leadership.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at the fellowship hall of the Collegedale Korean Church. Guests will be taken by bus to the property for the groundbreaking 0.6 miles away. Construction of the new ministry headquarters is targeted for a 2018 completion, with excavation beginning in August. 

The two-story building will be 40,905 square feet and include office, studio, and warehouse space. The new ministry headquarters will also house a fitness center, resource shop, and mission museum. 

Speakers for the groundbreaking ceremony include: It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw; Collegedale City Mayor Katie Lamb; President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Dan Jackson; Vice President of Media for North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Gordon Pifher; Ministerial and Evangelism Director for Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists Roger Hernandez; President Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Ed Wright; Southern Adventist University's Assistant to the President, Dr. Ben Wygal; Terry Barker and Don Sells from River Street Architecture; and Jack McKee, representative of the McKee family who originally owned the property. 

Headquartered in Chattanooga, It Is Written selected the nearly nine-acre lot in Collegedale because of the proximity to Southern Adventist University, a strong partner of the ministry. 

It Is Written is a media evangelism ministry sharing the everlasting gospel worldwide. Founded in 1956, It Is Written is impacting lives for Christ through: satellite and digital television, websites and mobile apps, global evangelistic ministry and faith-sharing resources. 

The Collegedale Korean Church  is at 4717 Ooltewah Ringgold Road in Ooltewah. Ceremonial groundbreaking to follow at building site at 9340 Four Corners Pl. in Ooltewah.

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