The new CE National training center in Winona Lake, Indiana, was dedicated Saturday afternoon, November 11, with about 140 guests attending.
Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, made introductory remarks about the organization and its mission to impact the church by serving as a catalyst for biblically accurate and culturally relevant ministries to children, youth, and adults.
A special welcome was given to all in attendance, including the CE National staff and the CE National board of directors. It was also announced that the entire building project (including gifts in hand and pledges) only lacked $4,000 to be completely paid for.
The group sang “To God be the Glory,” accompanied on the keyboard by staff member Peggy Owens. CE National board members Margie Brubaker and Cindy Thornley led in the reading of selected Scriptures, and Jim Brown led in a prayer of thanksgiving.
Jesse DeBoest, a director at CE National and the liaison between CE National and the contractors, recognized various individuals and companies, including DJ Construction Company (general contractor), Dennis Boyd and Art Bushen for their assistance in landscaping and Paula Bowman for assisting with the interior decor.
Steve Peters, board president, gave a devotional, followed by an a cappella version of the Doxology by Christi Barlow, Sherilyn Rank and Dave Rank.
Ed Lewis and Timothy Kurtaneck announced that the name of the new training center is to be “The Russell Center” in honor of Dennis and Janine Russell of Mukilteo, Washington.
Vice-president of the CE National board of directors, Dave Knepper, led in a prayer of dedication, asking God to use this new facility to honor His work and His kingdom.
The event ended with a cake reception and several hours of visiting and sharing. More information and construction photos are available at www.cenational.org.