NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner dedicated the new entrance to the Epworth Forest Conference Center Sunday, April 28. Participants literally moved through history as they entered the conference grounds through the former entrance and left through the new entrance.
In the dedication service, Coyner used two passages of Scripture – “…God will open a door for the world so we can preach the plan of Christ to everyone” from Colossians 4:2-3 and more literally, “Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!” from Isaiah 40:3-5. In his prayer, he prayed, “And just as generations before us have found Your living presence on these grounds, we pray for a new openness to You, as people drive and walk into Epworth Forest. Above all, Lord God, may all who travel this road find peace as they enter and peace as they leave to serve You.”
Following the ceremony, a second dedication for brick and leaf tributes to honor loved ones was made for those who had given $500 or more to The Right Future Campaign.
Beyond the initial $500,000 donation for this project from the James Foundation, more than an additional $300,000 was donated through in-kind gifts. Special thanks was given to company leaders who made this project possible through their generous donation of time, materials and equipment. They included: Dallas Day, Don Feller and Roy Yarde of Fox Contractors of Fort Wayne; Cary Groninger of G&G Hauling & Excavating of Warsaw; Gary Reynolds of Reynolds Farm Equipment of Fishers; Dave Brumbaugh of Vermeer Midwest of Fort Wayne and Steve Scott of D2 Land & Water Resource of Fort Wayne.