Silver Spring, MD June 10, 2013 – Just over a year after a fire damaged the upper level of the Chestertown Seventh-day Adventist Church, the church celebrated the completion of restoration with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The service took place on May 18th, 2013 and focused on the work of emergency first responders to the fire as well as the contributions of Adventist Risk Management, Inc., Paul Davis Restoration and other contractors who worked to restore the church to whole.

chestertown ribbon cutting ceremony
Photo by Samantha Young, Chesapeake Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


The Chestertown church was built in 1945 through the hard work and contributions of its members. Much of the materials manual labor and time was donated. Two years after it first opened, a church school was started in the church’s lower level.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 6:22 a two-alarm fire ravaged the entire upper church sanctuary causing smoke damage throughout the building.  Attending to the fire that morning was seven local fire companies. Adventist Risk Management personnel were able to visit the site the same day to begin the process of documenting the damage and processing the claim.

Paul Davis Restoration and other local contractors did the restoration work that took just over a year. Work included bringing the building up to code, cleaning up water and smoke damage and rebuilding the flooring and subflooring.

Adventist Risk Management CFO Steve Blackburn attended the celebration and was invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. He remarked that, “there is such a positive spirit with the members at Chestertown, this is why it is a blessing to be part of the ministry of risk management.”

Rick Remmers, Chesapeake Conference President, was on hand and expressed his appreciation for the good work.  During a tour of the facility, he noted that the Eastern Shore Junior Academy, would be utilizing the church facilities this school year.  Prior to the fire, the church would not have been able to be used for that type of activity, but with the upgrades, the code is met and the school can continue.

Adventist Risk Management, Inc. is the risk management company for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the largest global denomination headquartered in the Washington DC area. We provide risk management services and insurance product solutions to assist the Church in eliminating oversights that can lead to costly accidents. ARM employs 130 people around the world with corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, and satellite offices in Riverside, CA, St. Albans, England and Brasilia, Brazil. Please contact David Fournier at 301-680-6930 for more information.


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