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WCG settles into new headquarters building

GLENDORA, Calif. -- The Worldwide Church of God has settled into its new headquarters here, at 2011 E. Financial Way.

Fifty-eight years after church founder Herbert W. Armstrong set up shop in Pasadena with the then Radio Church of God and its Ambassador College, the current pastor general and president, Joseph Tkach Jr., led the move 20 miles east, to Glendora.

As reported in a short movie viewable at the church's Web site, the move took place in late April.

A WCG vice president, Mike Feazell, said "emotional hurdles" were giving way to "excitement" surrounding a "new beginning and getting started in a new location."

Mr. Tkach said moving can be fun. "One of the fun parts of this move is that it feels like we're going to have a new beginning, get back into the higher-quality magazine that we now have with Odyssey [Christian Odyssey, a church publication] and also to start doing some video clips to send out."

Several church employees interviewed for the movie talked of "fresh starts," "hugs," a "closer setting," "missing the old grounds," "lights out" and "the end of a chapter."

Mat Morgan, church treasurer, commented that "we've been working on this transition now for 10 years, really."

The church completed the move in three days, April 24-26. The new building formerly housed an engineering firm that decided to move its offices to Nevada.

The church will lease out some space on the first floor to other companies and will occupy the entire second floor.

Mr. Tkach said he had earlier commented to fellow church members that, "if God wants us in here, we're going to get in here."

The move is part of a series of steps to reduce expenses after the church suffered a diminishing membership and income beginning a couple of years after Mr. Armstrong's death, in 1986.

During that time income is said to have fallen from about $170 million a year to about $25 million. The two-story facility in Glendora replaces numerous buildings on 48 acres in Pasadena.

The church has sold most of the Pasadena property to two private religious groups, Maranatha High School and Harvest Rock Church, and a real-estate developer, the Sares-Regis Group.

The remaining land, about 17 acres bordering Orange Grove Boulevard, is up for sale.

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