NRB hosted a Christmas open house and reception at the association's new headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 8.
The two-hour event was attended by staff, members, and friends of NRB in D.C., as well as congressional staff and members of the press. It also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This is a very strategic place because we have immediate access to the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. And so we can interface with them immediately if something comes up,” noted Bill Blount, President of Blount Communications Group and Chairman of the NRB Board of Directors, during the dedication.
“To be here in this place at this time is strategic. And we’re just thrilled to be able to dedicate this facility to the Lord in order to advance the Gospel not only here in America but internationally,” he added. “We pray that God will use it, the staff, and all those associated with NRB, in order to promote the Gospel so that people who may have never heard the Gospel may hear it.”
Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue NW and North Capitol Street, the new office space is in the National Guard Memorial Museum Building – one block west of Union Station and just a few blocks from the United States Capitol building.
Since 1992, the NRB has operated out of its headquarters in Manassas, Virginia. In 2003, NRB opened an additional office on Capitol Hill to maintain a strong presence in close proximity to America's decision-makers. This past February, the NRB Board of Directors approved a recommendation to relocate the corporate headquarters to Capitol Hill. The NRB headquarters staff has been operating from the association’s new office space since late July.
During the office dedication, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson emphasized how his goal is to make NRB for the First Amendment what the NRA has been for the Second Amendment.
“The freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of press – that’s NRB,” Johnson noted. “When people need protection for their freedom of speech, religion, and press, I want them to know that NRB is the place to go.”
“So we’re increasing our footprint on Capitol Hill,” he concluded.
PHOTO ABOVE: NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson (front left of center) and NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount (front right of center) cut a ribbon during the open house at the NRB headquarters office in front of staff members and guests.
By NRB Staff
Published: December 8, 2016