Important announcements directed to those with a background in the Worldwide Church of God and its offshoots are located on our Church of God News page.
World Headquarters Building Updates
Nine images and a short video have been posted on the Headquarters Complex page.
Behind the Work 2013 – “A City Set on a Hill”
This year’s truly extraordinary film “Behind the Work 2013 – ‘A City Set on a Hill’” highlights all that is The Restored Church of God—its Work, purpose and future—giving viewers an inside look at the Church’s most dramatic year of growth in every regard.
The film documents the continued development of a Headquarters campus, growth of worldwide television, the expansion of the Agriculture Education and Research Institute, and many other dynamic elements of the Church’s outreach efforts. “Behind the Work” will particularly bring back fond memories of a previous era’s high standards for those with a Worldwide Church of God background—and stand in stark contrast to other films produced today.
The World to Come™ Weekly Television Broadcast to Launch on Worldwide Network
In another major advance in worldwide television coverage, The World to Come with David C. Pack will air around the globe in a prime Sunday morning timeslot (10:30 A.M. ET) on The Word Network, beginning September 1, 2013!
The Word Network has over 800 U.S. affiliates (broadcast and cable), and reaches over 90 million TV households in the U.S., over 100 million households in Europe, and 610 million more worldwide. The network blankets over 200 countries and territories via satellite and/or cable. This network also is on DIRECTV, Roku and Sky Angel Faith & Family TV in the United States, Sky UK, Sky Italia (Italy), Tata Sky (India) and Flow TV (Jamaica).
This new timeslot brings a powerful impact to our existing U.S. Sunday lineup, with six airings spread throughout the morning hours. This includes broadcasts on ION Television, CW Plus, theWALKtv and other local TV stations in select cities, bringing the total potential overlapping coverage to a staggering 270 million American TV households.
Check the online Television Station Guide at worldtocome.org/stations for local listings.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hall of Administration Building
This morning and afternoon, The Restored Church of God held a very special ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Hall of Administration building. The ceremony took place under a beautiful summer sun, and those in attendance included numerous city officials, members of the community, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, contractors, vendors, teenage children of members from around the world who are in the United States attending our youth camp and members from local media. Our dedicated staff, now numbering close to 100, also attended the event and helped provide the support for all the activities. The former mayor of Wadsworth (2004-2008), Congressman Jim Renacci, now the U.S. Congressional Representative of Ohio’s 16th district, joined me in addressing the audience who were seated under a tent to shield them from the sun. As a private citizen serving on the Wadsworth Board of Zoning Appeals, Congressman Renacci created the zoning environment that paved the way for the development of our campus. Also on the program and representing the current mayor Robin Laubaugh was the Wadsworth City Council President Tom Palecek. Mayor Laubaugh, who has been extremely helpful in our efforts to develop the campus, was unable to attend due to the birth of a new grandchild in another state.
Mr. David C. Pack, President and Pastor General of The Restored Church of God, addressed the audience and shared some history of the Church, along with explaining the grand vision for the Headquarters campus. He explained that, in late 2007, a property he had driven past for years in Wadsworth, he suddenly saw as perfect for all of the Church’s rapidly expanding needs, meaning five buildings it would have to contain. He envisioned a shimmering jewel befitting the Great God that would be visible—as a biblical “city set on a hill”—to literally hundreds of thousands every day on highways passing either side of what would become our “lower campus.” At the reception that followed, there was an air of genuine excitement that the city would benefit greatly from what was taking place. Soon hundreds of employees will join the already 100 who are here. Included below are a few photos from the event. The first photograph shows the actual ribbon cutting, with Chris Easton, the Service Director of Wadsworth’s Planning Commission, Congressman Jim Renacci, Mr. Tom Palecek and David C. Pack (from left to right):
The first of five campus structures, the Hall of Administration is an elegant 40,000-square-foot building that houses the main administrative offices and operations of The Restored Church of God. The structure represents an achievement in design, construction and technology, and is unique in the region. Its four levels contain a mix of elegance, modernity and technological innovation. Four beautiful chandeliers hang in the building’s signature north and south towers on the second and third floors. Throughout the structure, 605 very long window panes allow natural light to brighten interior offices and meeting spaces. Natural light spectrum fluorescent fixtures provide a vibrant work environment for the interior offices as well. Befitting the quality of the God we serve, the nearly 300,000 square feet of wall space is lined with over four miles of wood trim. To allow for maximum connectivity within and between multiple departments, 10 miles of Category 6 data cable and three miles of fiber optic cable were also laid throughout the building. Our meeting hall has been finished, with new chandeliers installed last night.
Many elements of the campus are quickly coming together, with more trees, gardens, and sod being installed each week. Exterior work outside the Hall of Administration on the eastern side is also taking shape. The developing landscape has approximately 4.5 miles of pipeline buried beneath the surface to irrigate the rolling grounds. Water from our own spring enables us to maintain the green turf and sustain many towering trees, lush plants and flowers through the hot summer months without the enormous cost of water this many acres and plants would require.