The Brethren Church National Office has completed a storied history at its 524 College Avenue location and has officially moved to its new home at 27 High Street in Ashland, Ohio.
The former location had been home to the National Office and its various ministries and endeavors since the 1940s. The new location resides on the campus of Ashland Theological Seminary in the Shultz Building.
The building was renovated in cooperation with Ashland University and boasts just under 3,000 sq. ft. of office, conference and gathering space. The building features seven offices, two conference rooms, a lounge/kitchenette, office workroom, and two reception areas. There are also thoughtful additions throughout, including a reading area and a media production room.
The move and renovation were funded from a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the College Avenue property. Ashland University intends to turn the former property into a veteran’s service center for the campus.
The National Office staff celebrated the new building’s opening with a ribbon cutting and open house. The event was organized by Ashland Area Economic Development and highlighted the important work that faith-based nonprofits have in a local economy. Remarks were delivered from Ashland Mayor Matt Miller, Interim Vice President of Ashland Theological Seminary Dr. Wayne McCown, and Executive Director Steven Cole.
A crowd of around 60 gathered outside for the ribbon cutting. Steven Cole told the group in his remarks, “We have been around this city and part of the community for a long time and we are really excited that we are still a part of that today.” He added the church always worked to adhere to the phrase “for the glory of God, and for our neighbors good.”
Approximately one hundred gathered for the open house inside welcomed with refreshments and a chance to see the offices. Attendees included many Brethren pastors and leaders, as well as employees of Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary. It is the sincere prayer of the National Executive Board and of the National Staff that this space continues to be a catalyst of God’s Kingdom come, through the faithful work of The Brethren Church for years to come.
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