How will the Review and Herald Closure Impact our Church?

How will the Review and Herald Closure Impact our Church?

Stewart Pepper, pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church

Stewart Pepper, pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church

How will the Review and Herald Closure Impact our Church?

During the next several months, the Review and Herald Publishing House will unwind operations at its facility in Hagerstown, Md. How will the decision to close it impact our church and its members?

Below, Columbia Union leaders react:

Pacific Press is left with the same marketing and distribution restrictions of having to sell only through Adventist Book Centers that the Review had. I think independent publishing ministries will now gain dominance. The church has a big potential for losing control of the message.–– Stewart Pepper, pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Charleston (W.Va.) church

Rick Remmers

Rick Remmers is president of the Chesapeake Conference

Most of the employees are members of the various area churches. There will be an immediate impact on these families facing the uncertainty of what they’ll do for employment, and the long term is many of them will move out of the area. It will also have a significant impact, which is an understatement, on the dynamics in these churches, and on the work they are doing.
We care deeply for the families that are impacted, and pray for them during this time of transition. We are also talking about how to redouble our focus on mission, purpose and outreach in order to continue to provide for future growth and outreach in our communities. What is happening will make it more challenging, and it is all the more critical that we do that while moving forward.–– Rick Remmers, president of the Chesapeake Conference

Victor Zill is the secretary/treasurer of the Mountain View Conference

Victor Zill is the secretary/treasurer of the Mountain View Conference

It is going to be more expensive to have various books brought in because shipping costs will be higher. It will take longer for us to receive any materials that we have printed because of the longer shipping distance.––Victor Zill, secretary/treasurer of the Mountain View Conference