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After weeks of rain, over 500 guests attended the 30 April dedication of the Heritage House at White Sulphur Springs under crisp blue skies and abundant sunshine-blessings from God’s mighty hand.
The dedication celebrated years of prayer, planning, and participation by hundreds of OCF friends and family, completing the White Sulphur Springs’ phase of the Growing and Building Campaign.
Raymond L. Johnson was among the many speakers addressing the OCF guests and friends during the festivities, which also included the dedication of the Pettijohn Room, in honor of the late Paul Pettijohn, OCF Executive Director from 1972-1993.
Others participating in the program included Eric G. Kail, Alexander P. Shine, James A. Coggin, David B. Warner, Loren M. Reno, David K. Rowland, Bruce L. Fister, H. Clay Thomas III, and Michael J. Piirto. Joy E. Thomas Nelson and M. Paul Lundblad provided special music.
During the invocation, Eric Kail thanked God for those who generously stewarded the vision and diligently labored to put structure to the dream of expanded and continuing ministry to future generations.
David Warner, OCF’s Executive Director said, “Yesterday’s quest is today’s reality and tomorrow’s promise. Our members are serving our nation all around the world, and we now have third-generation OCFers serving on the Council. Heritage House is built for cadets and family members to embolden them in their faith and spread the life of Christ.”
Following the program guests toured the building, which is still under construction because of weather delays. They also enjoyed fellowship in the new dining room, and a sumptuous reception of hors d’oeuvres such as small sandwiches, fruits, and dessert.
The new Heritage House continues a long history of hospitality in Milligan’s Cove, Pennsylvania. In his remarks during the dedication, Alexander Shine said, “It’s a cord of three strands of stewarding the land created by God, service and hospitality, and Christian ministry to military service men and women and their families.”
Once completed Heritage House will provide 46 guest rooms for 192 guests. The Pettijohn Room, a multi-purpose conference room, will have the capacity for 200.