The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to serving cultural and educational needs. We believe people are unique in our mental, physical and spiritual potential and that all men must be responsible for the needs of others. Therefore, we aim to aid human achievement and support humanitarian projects around the world, regardless of race or religion.
To champion Oklahoma as a world-class center for the arts by bringing monumental cultural experiences to America’s heartland.
The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a nonprofit humanitarian organization, sponsored by the Philadelphia Church of God, with executive offices on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus in Edmond, Oklahoma. The foundation’s activities center on cultural enrichment at home and abroad. Currently, the foundation’s goals are achieved through a series of performing arts concerts in Edmond and archaeological excavations in Israel.
The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation Performing Arts Series, now in its 16th season, features a veritable who’s who of today’s brightest stars in classical, jazz and folk music, as well as theater, classical ballet, folk dance and more. Performers include Broadway legends Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kelli O’Hara, vocalists Nathan Gunn and Frederica von Stade, pianist André Watts and piano quintet The 5 Browns, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Romero Guitar Quartet, the Canadian Brass, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Russian National Ballet, NEA Jazz Masters honoree Branford Marsalis and trumpeter Doc Severinsen, among many others.
Herbert W. Armstrong and Ambassador College sent hundreds of students to assist Benjamin Mazar in the excavations of the Temple Mount during the 1970s and 1980s. Today, the foundation has revived this humanitarian effort by sending student volunteers from Herbert W. Armstrong College to assist Benjamin Mazar’s granddaughter, Eilat Mazar, in excavating Jerusalem’s royal quarter. Excavation sites include the biblical King David’s ancient palace in the City of David and King Solomon’s royal structures on the Ophel at the foot of the Temple Mount.
Spectacular discoveries have emerged from the dust of history, the latest of which is the bulla of King Hezekiah of Judah—a clay seal stamped with Hezekiah’s name, found in the royal quarter of the Ophel. At a press conference in Jerusalem on Dec. 2, 2015, Eilat Mazar provided the English translation of the bulla’s Hebrew inscription: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah.” Mazar called it the most important individual discovery of her career—a career that includes discovering King David’s palace, Nehemiah’s wall, bullae belonging to princes who persecuted the prophet Jeremiah, a Davidic-era secret tunnel, a Solomonic-era wall, and a spectacular golden medallion featuring a menorah from the sixth century B.C.
Herbert W. Armstrong College student volunteers currently are processing, cataloging and publishing the dig’s most recent phase, and they look forward to uncovering even more of the site. With their help, Mazar published volume 1 of her final report on the Ophel excavations in December 2015.
Herbert W. Armstrong worked with Teddy Kollek, mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, to create Liberty Bell Park in celebration of the United States’ bicentennial anniversary. The park, dedicated on July 4, 1978, features a replica of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, and the foundation contributes to the park’s preservation and maintenance as part of its efforts to revive Armstrong’s humanitarian legacy.
The Philadelphia Church of God, an offshoot of Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God, started humbly in 1989 with just 12 members. Today, it is a worldwide organization dedicated to continuing Armstrong’s teachings and mission, which have been repudiated by the Worldwide Church of God. The church has members in 65 countries and regional offices in Australia, Canada, the Philippines, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The church sponsors both the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation and Herbert W. Armstrong College, which has campuses in Edmond, Oklahoma—the Philadelphia Church of God’s world headquarters—and Edstone, Warwickshire, in England.