Review and Herald Marks 30 Years
Since Move to Hagerstown, Maryland

Literature still important, GC president affirms (Posted August 21, 2013)

BY KIM PECKHAM, corporate communications, Review and Herald Publishing Association

God changes lives through the power of literature,” General Conference president Ted Wilson told a large group of current and former Review and Herald Publishing Association (RHPA) employees and friends who gathered in Hagers-town, Maryland, to mark the 30th anniversary of the publishing association’s move from Washington, D.C.

In 1983 RHPA constructed a state-of-the-art printing and office facility near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 81. “We built this place to finish the work,” said Harold “Bud” Otis, Jr., president of the organization at the time of the move. The plant’s old location in the city made expansion impossible. A high cost of living also made it hard to attract the young families that the publisher wanted to recruit.

ANIVERSARY GREETINGS: Laura Sámano, assistant editor of Guide magazine, stands with GC president Ted Wilson, along with RHPA president Mark B. Thomas and Guide editor Randy Fishell at the Sabbath event celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Review and Herald’s move to Hagerstown, Maryland. [PHOTO: Kim Peckham]
The General Conference headquarters, which had been located across the street from the former RHPA offices, moved to the suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, six years later. “The Review was the first official organization of the church—organized before the General Conference—so it was up to us to lead the way,” said Otis, with a smile.

RHPA moved all manufacturing equipment and about 400 employees without losing a single day of production. Weekly magazines such as Guide, Insight, and the Adventist Review continued to flow to churches and homes without interruption.

The new plant, which won an award for industrial design, provided for an efficient work flow. A railroad spur allows boxcars full of paper to roll up to the back door. Currently the plant puts out millions of copies of Steps to Christ and The Great Controversy, as well as shorter runs of other books and magazines.

Special guests at the July 20 event included Bill Knott, editor and executive publisher of the Adventist Review and Adventist World. Currently the publishing house prints a total of 1.1 million copies of the Adventist World every month in three languages. Jim Nix, director of the Ellen G. White Estate, spoke in the afternoon about God’s providential hand in establishing the church’s publishing work.

Individual employees gave testimonies of how God led in their lives personally and in the RHPA’s work.  The event ended with the audience rededicating themselves to service. Wilson expressed the hope that Jesus would return before there was a need for any more anniversary celebrations. He urged the staff to use “every kind of innovative way to draw people’s attention to Christ’s soon coming.”


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