World Evangelical Fellowship dedicates “Philadelphia House”

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The office of the World Evangelical Alliance is located in the Philadelphia House at the Evangelical Center in Dover, New York. |

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), representing more than 600 million evangelicals in 143 countries, celebrates the importance of brotherly love within the body of Christ with a new office building at the New York Evangelical Center.

The new “Philadelphia House” is based on the 3,300-acre property owned by Olivet World Assembly and Olivet University, located approximately 70 miles north of New York City.

Inaugurated in 2016, the Evangelical Center provided space for WEA offices, meetings and trainings.

While the WEA has had offices in London and Singapore, the Philadelphia House marks the first time in this century that it has had its own building not shared with other institutions, according to the WEA Secretary General, Bishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher.

Preaching about the letter to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-10, Schirrmacher delivered a message Monday at the building’s dedication ceremony. He talked about the importance of believing in Jesus Christ and revealing your faith in the acts of daily life that follow the Word of God.

Schirrmacher told the Christian Post via email that the Philadelphia House is more than just a building.

“Philadelphia House is symbolic of WEA’s growing focus on helping its members, the National Evangelical Alliances, who need growing numbers of staff to reach them with our many different ministries,” Schirrmacher said.

A number of departments will be housed in the Philadelphia House, including WEA’s communications and finance departments and fundraising efforts for national and regional ministries.

The groundbreaking service for WEA’s new office space this week coincided with a visit by the Communion of Churches in Korea (CCIK), WEA’s national member body in South Korea, to discuss closer cooperation between the Korean Church and the world body of evangelicals.

Schirrmacher met Reverend Joseph Kim, the first president of KCCI; current CCIK President, Reverend Taeseop Song, and CCIK General Secretary, Reverend Kwisoo Choi, to discuss strengthening ties between churches in Korea and the global evangelical family.

“As WEA, we are very happy to have the KCCI as a national member which seeks to achieve the same goal for which the WEA was founded in 1846: to unite evangelicals of different denominations in prayer, to share the gospel, defend religions freedom for all and meet the needs of society,” Schirrmacher said.

Since 2016, the WEA Evangelical Center has served its 600 million evangelical constituents, joining the Vatican in Rome and the Ecumenical Center in Geneva as one of the top three centers for Christianity in the world.

Featuring a chapel, residential halls, office buildings, classrooms, auditoriums and a cafeteria, the Evangelical Center replaced the former WEA Evangelical Center that opened in Binghamton, New York, in 2010.

Barry F. Howard