Groundbreaking Launches Building Phase

by Jay Wintermeyer

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Participants break ground, signaling the beginning of the construction phase.

Bob Folkenberg, Jr. speaks to groundbreaking attendees.

Wayne Searson shares memories of the old building and hope for the future.

SPOKANE, Wash. – A groundbreaking ceremony, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 marked the beginning of the building phase for Upper Columbia Conference, regional headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The ceremony, attended by Adventist church officials, area church members, county officials and contractors, featured short comments from previous and current employees.

“We are very thankful for the miracles God has done thus far,” said Bill Skidmore, construction project coordinator. “As we begin construction we want to dedicate the project and the workers to His service."

Contractors will now begin laying the foundation and infrastructure for the new facility. The construction process will continue throughout the year with an expected completion date of April 2011.

The Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which employs more than 320 people across the Inland Northwest, moved to Spokane Valley in 2009 following a catastrophic fire that destroyed their office building.

Upper Columbia Conference is the administrative headquarters for more than 25,000 members of 130 churches and worship groups and 28 schools in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is one of the world's fastest growing churches. More than 16 million Seventh-day Adventists worship in 201 countries around the globe. Membership increases by about 1 million every year.

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Wayne Searson
Bob Folkenberg, Jr.
Participants Prepare to Break Ground
Breaking Ground