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 purchased Heritage USA. The facilities include a 501-room Heritage Grand Hotel and Conference Center, the adjacent unfinished 21-story Heritage Towers, the area of the now demolished "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 atrium and has restored practically all of the 501 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; the hotel rooms above were converted into apartments/dormitories.
In 2007, plans for the uncompleted high-rise tower included an assisted-living facility/retirement complex; if and when completed, it will be known as Heritage Towers. The Sand Castle was demolished in 2013, due to it "being too expensive to do anything with".
- Heritage International Ministries (official).
- The Nehemiah Project (official building restoration website).