July 10, 2017 — Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new It Is Written ministry headquarters was held on July 10, 2017. More than 300 attended the event that took place in Collegedale, Tennessee.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured It Is Written representatives, local government and business leaders, and Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership including North American Division President Dan Jackson, Vice President of Media Gordon Pifher, Georgia-Cumberland Conference President Ed Wright, and Collegedale City Mayor Katie Lamb.
Guest speakers welcomed the ministry to Collegedale with open arms. You “bring a legacy of providing hope and life to millions of people around the world and now that’s centered right here in Collegedale,” said Dr. Ben Wygal, Assistant to the President of Southern Adventist University. It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw shared the ministry’s history of innovative media ministry and explained how the new ministry headquarters would enable more people to be reached with the gospel.
Construction of the new ministry headquarters is targeted for a 2018 completion, with excavation beginning in August 2017. 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 resource shop, and mission museum. River Street Architecture of Chattanooga has completed architectural plans and P&C Construction of Chattanooga will serve as the general contractor on the project.
June 19, 2017 — Felling the first tree
In preparation for the groundbreaking ceremony on July 10, 2017, John Bradshaw felled the first tree on the It Is Written property. A large portion of the land will eventually be cleared for the building site. This inaugural tree felling is the first step toward the completion of the new ministry headquarters.