The North American Convention (NAC) of the Church of God will take place as scheduled in Anderson, Indiana, Friday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 29, 2005. This annual gathering will open with conferences and a 7 p.m. heritage music celebration on Friday, June 24, and will conclude with a 7 p.m. service of celebration on Wednesday, June 29.
Due to air-quality concerns in Warner Auditorium, Dr. Ronald V. Duncan, general director of Church of God Ministries, recommended to the Ministries Council of the Church of God that all worship services for the 2005 North American Convention be moved. As of Friday, May 6, the Ministries Council accepted the offer of Dr. James Edwards, president of Anderson University, to relocate all worship services for the 2005 North American Convention from Warner Auditorium to Ward Fieldhouse inside the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the campus of Anderson University.
“Church of God Ministries is working diligently to resolve the environmental issues in Warner Auditorium,” said Dr. Ronald Duncan. “In the meantime, the North American Convention staff and Anderson University are working to make the transition of the general services to the Ward Fieldhouse as smooth as possible so that the traditional experience of the convention can be preserved.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to once again support the North American Convention as it moves its general services into a new setting,” said Dr. James Edwards. “Our great staff will be at its best during this important week as we host some outstanding friends from around the world during this annual gathering near our campus.”
Other NAC conferences and events will remain in locations as originally scheduled. Note, however, that all event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the Church of God Ministries Web site at www.chog.org for the most up-to-date times and locations.
Warner Auditorium, owned and operated by Church of God Ministries, has been temporarily closed as of Wednesday, May 4, 2005, due to environmental air-quality concerns. Located on the Church of God campground at the corner of Fifth Street and Nursery Road, Warner Auditorium was built in 1962 to accommodate the services of the annual Church of God camp meeting. Asbestos was used in an acoustical installation added two years later. Since July 2004, Church of God Ministries has been working with the City of Anderson to address and resolve the asbestos issues. In November 2004, Church of God Ministries began working with CSO Architects to design a plan to address issues in Warner Auditorium, including the removal of the asbestos.
For information about the North American Convention, please visit the convention Web site at nac.chog.org. For more information about the temporary closing of Warner Auditorium, please visit the Church of God Ministries Web site at www.chog.org.