Christian Research Institute’s home to be Charlotte

Christian Research Institute, home to the nationally syndicated “The Bible Answer Man” radio show, is relocating to Charlotte.

The institute, led by radio show host and author Hank Hanegraaff, is moving its headquarters from Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, Calif., to Blakeney Park Drive off Rea Road near the Union County line.

Some 20 employees are expected to move to Charlotte, with another 20 or so hired locally. Institute officials said the move will take place over the next month or so, representing an investment of nearly $1.9 million.

Hanegraaff said cost of living was a key factor in the relocation. Other cities considered: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Nashville (Tenn.) and Orlando (Fla.).

The institute is probably best known for Hanegraaff’s radio show, heard 951 times a week on 124 U.S. stations. Hanegraaff, who will live in Charlotte, said he plans to do his show live in front of a studio audience in Charlotte.

Known to rail against ministries and religious practices with which he disagrees, Hanegraaff describes his controversial radio show this way on the ministry Web site: “…The Bible Answer Man broadcast serves as a way for people to get solid answers. Let…Hank Hanegraaff and his guests equip you to defend your faith against false teachers, and strengthen your walk with the Lord (Jude 3).

By pointing to the Bible as both the source and final court of truth, Hank daily equips listeners to discern right from wrong and avoid deception…”

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The Charlotte Observer, USA
Apr. 2, 2005
Ken Garfield

Religion News Blog posted this on Saturday April 2, 2005.
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