Wahroonga, New South Wales
It Is Written Oceania (IIWO) is moving from its current offices within the Adventist Media building at Wahroonga (NSW) to a new, donated facility in Dora Creek, closer to Cooranbong and a large pool of potential volunteers.
We want to thank our loyal donors and assure them that new, high-quality programs will be produced soon . . . There are lots of details that the IIWO management committee are still working through.
After months of speculation about the ownership of the brand and how IIWO is managed, an interim management committee has been set up—a sub-committee of the Adventist Media committee. There are complex issues that have wider implications that require General Conference (GC), North American Division (NAD) and South Pacific Division (SPD) discussions.
IIWO will continue to be part of Adventist Media but will operate from Dora Creek. The chairman of the interim management committee is SPD general secretary Pastor Lionel Smith, while Pastor Gary Kent remains speaker/director of IIWO.
“This is definitely a temporary solution to the current issues that allows the ministry to continue to operate,” Pastor Smith said. “We want to thank our loyal donors and assure them that new, high-quality programs will be produced soon. IIWO will continue to be part of Adventist Media even though its operations will be based out of Dora Creek. There are lots of details that the IIWO management committee are still working through.”
In the 1960s, the SPD registered the It Is Written (IIW) brand in Australia. When the ministry was revived, new agreements were reached with IIW International, contributing to current complexities around branding and affiliation.
“These complexities came to light when the Adventist Media committee approved a new strategy for integrating all our media ministries under the Hope Channel brand,” Adventist Media CEO Kalvin Dever said.
The interim committee will continue until at least October when the GC Annual Council is scheduled and SPD, NAD and GC officers have a chance to meet.