Heritage International Ministries
|Church & K-12 School, Conference Center & Hotel Complex|
|Industry||church & hotel operator|
|Founded||1978 (as Heritage USA), hotel & convention center reopened in 2004 as Heritage International Ministries|
|Headquarters||375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715|
|Parent||MorningStar Fellowship Church, Inc.|
MorningStar Ministries was founded by Rick Joyner and wife Julie in 1985. In 2004, MorningStar Fellowship Church purchase Heritage USA. The facilities include a 501 room Heritage Grand Hotel and Conference Center, the adjacent unfinished 21-story Heritage Towers, the "Sand Castle" (originally to have been a Wendy's restaurant) and 52 acres (210,000 m2) of adjoining property. MorningStar holds church services in the hotel lobby and has restored a majority of the five hundred and one hotel rooms. The hotel is now used as a retreat and conference center. The adjacent Main Street USA shops have been reopened and are used as retail shops and classrooms with the hotel rooms above having been converted to apartments/dormatories. The uncompleted high-rise tower will be finished and used as an assisted living facility/retirement complex. It will be known as Heritage Towers. The Sand Castle will not be renovated and used as a youth ministry/children's center, as originally planned, however. Further research is scheduled to be performed by experts before a recommendation can be made upon the future of the structure.
- Heritage International Ministries (official).
- The Nehemiah Project (official building restoration website).