The keynote speaker was Jim Benedict, pastor of Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, who shared a message that reflected upon the meaning of the Brethren Service Center. Benedict observed that, according to the well-known Brethren pastor, Earl Fike Jr., "God is Two-Thirds Go." In order to serve our community, we are always told by God to go here or go there. "Brethren have never been the kind of folks who put much effort into building monuments, museums, or shrines. … Now, we can see that it may no longer be feasible to keep this place — that an era has come to an end. We know, as scripture tells us, 'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.' "