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TYLER, TX - It was a tragedy that shook the church to its core. Sixteen-year-old Ryan Anderson was on his way to a Robert E. Lee High School band awards night when his life was cut short by a devastating car accident.
Doug Anderson, his father and executive pastor of Rose Heights Church of God, witnessed the accident that claimed his first-born son.
Now, 10 years later, the church has dedicated its new Student Life Center to the life of a promising young man who died too young.
The 8,000-square-foot center attached to the church off Old Omen Road, is a place to celebrate the lives of young people in the community and to bring them closer to God.
"We didn't realize how many lives Ryan had touched in his 16 years," Pastor Anderson said. "We are hopeful that this center will continue to be a way to touch the lives of young people in our community in a very real and positive way."
A special night of activities to celebrate the completion of the center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Activities will include a concert, giveaways, inflatable sumo suits and more. This event is free and open to students in grades 6-12.
The center, which was completed in July, features a stage for live music, a coffee-bar-style café, arcade-style video games as well as xBox and PS3 consoles, and pool and air hockey tables. It is the foundation for what the church hopes is both a community center for young people and a place of worship.