The buyer of the Tyler School of Art campus in Elkins Park has been revealed as a program under the international evangelical group

A creative arts program from the international evangelical organization World Olivet Assembly has identified itself as the buyer of Temple University’s former Montgomery County School of Art campus.

The program, Creatio International, plans a “new center for artists and architects” on the former Tyler School of Art campus in Elkins Park, according to an online announcement shared Wednesday evening by a spokesperson for the World Assembly of Olivet.

The Inquirer had earlier reported, based on mortgage records and other documents, that the religious organization appeared to be the buyer of the Cheltenham Township property, paying $3 million, but was not then immediately able to learn other details.

“We are very grateful for this wonderful campus that God granted us just before the end of the year,” Creatio said in its announcement. “It has great potential to be developed into an ideal place for work, camaraderie and education.”

In its announcement, Creatio noted the property’s proximity to downtown Philadelphia as well as its “offices, classrooms, library, dormitory, and staff living facilities.”

Creatio staff intend to present their plans for the campus to Cheltenham Township officials in the coming weeks, he said. As of Thursday, township officials had heard nothing of the group’s acquisition.

Olivet World Assembly is “a worldwide denomination of evangelical churches and para-churches,” according to the group’s website. Creatio, “an international Christian art and design fellowship,” is a ministry under the World Olivet Assembly.

The Olivet World Assembly was founded by alumni of Olivet University, a faith-based college established by Korean American pastor David Jang, who remains the school‘s international president, according to the University’s website. California.

World Olivet Assembly does not identify its leadership on its website, but in 2014 when it did, Jang was listed as the group’s chairman, according to an archived webpage. The organization did not immediately respond to a phone message on Thursday asking about its current position with the group.

Olivet Assembly’s Creatio program frequently holds workshops and other events in conjunction with the University of Olivet’s School of Art and Design, according to the university’s website.

Ronn Torossian, a spokesperson for Olivet University, said Olivet University and the Olivet World Assembly “are two separate organizations.”

“Olivet University is a California-based private Christian university that operates extension sites and campuses in various states,” he said. “He shares the statement of faith of the World Assembly of Olives.”

Olivet University pleaded guilty in February to charges related to an embezzlement scheme involving an executive at the former Newsweek magazine ownership group, who has been linked to Jang in several published reports.

Kayleen C. Rice