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Grand Opening of The Conference Center at Valley Forge

by Office of Marketing | April 28, 2014
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Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) celebrated the grand opening of The Conference Center at Valley Forge on Thursday, April 10. In a week that was marked by commemoration of the past (as the school observes its 75th anniversary), students, faculty, staff, community members and friends gathered to celebrate one of the largest gifts ever given to an Assemblies of God college or university. The generous gift has bolstered the college's finances and put it in a position to provide expanded educational services to its growing constituencies.

The conference center is located only four miles from VFCC’s main campus, adjacent to the Schuylkill River on Valley Forge Road in Phoenixville, Pa., and serves as a meeting place and retreat for non-profit organizations. A variety of meeting rooms and gathering spaces can accommodate church, business and social functions as well as provide overnight accommodations in its nicely appointed guest rooms and suites. The 47-acre site offers many outdoor amenities that include a swimming pool, ropes course, zip line, gazebo and fire pit. 

The first portion of Thursday’s festivities began with welcome speeches by Executive Vice President and Vice President of Development Dan Mortensen and President Don Meyer. They enthusiastically shared their gratefulness for the new facility and their joy for future possibilities. “For our 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Mortensen “it is almost as if God has given this place to us as a birthday present.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place under the portico of Mission Hall. Dr. Meyer and Rev. Carl Colletti, Board of Trustees chairman and Superintendent of the New Jersey District of the Assemblies of God, cut the ribbon, accompanied by the President's Cabinet, Dr. Mortensen, Jonathan Capeci, Dr. Kevin Beery and Rev. Jennifer Gale. Members of the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors and Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce also joined in the ribbon cutting. 

The Concert Choir, led by Professor of Music and Department Chair Dr. William DeSanto, performed twice and closed with the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," as is tradition at every dedication or building opening at VFCC.

Following a benediction by Rev. Mike Andriano, Executive Director of The Conference Center at Valley Forge, the building doors opened for a dessert social and an open house for those interested in exploring the buildings and grounds. 
  
Later that evening, more than 100 VFCC students met at The Conference Center at Valley Forge to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VFCC and celebrate the acquisition of the conference center. Student activities included self-guided tours of the buildings and trail walks through the scenic property, outdoor worship, a responsive dedicatory prayer and fellowship around a bonfire.

VFCC administration feels blessed to have received this property and looks forward to God's provision for its use in the future. To learn more about The Conference Center at Valley Forge, please visit http://cc.vfcc.edu.

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