One of the members attending the convocation of 1911 was affectionately known as friend Mitrenga. After this first convocation, he offered to finance the construction of a building to house students during their pilgrimage to Beverly Hall. Quickly following the convocation, ground was broken and the erection of a new building was started. This building was initially known as “Beverly Hall,” and was described as such in the local newspapers. It was completed in 1912 just in time for the first convocation of that year. After Mr. Mitrenga’s transition to the soul world, the building’s name was change to Mitrenga Hall.
This new building, large enough to provide room and board to twelve members (symbolic 0f the twelve disciples that followed the Nazarene), was completely self‑contained in for all of its operations. The problems of maintaining this new residence were many. Built in what was almost a wilderness, power plants for light and water had to be installed. It was later, with the help of an interested neighbor, that an electrical power line was financed and connected to the building.
Mitrenga Hall was the sole housing structure for students attending convocation until the construction of the International Confederation building was completed in 1952. The addition of this new dormitory permitted a capacity for twenty‑eight guests between the two buildings.
The next year, in 1953, Mitrenga Hall was completely renovated. Two large stone wings were added, one at each end of the Hall. This addition now provided accommodations for a total of thirty‑two student guests.
Mitrenga Hall was never intended to be a recreational or social center. It was designed to be a retreat for students who desire rest, time for study, self-analysis and self‑contemplation. Beverly Hall is a place to be instructed in true Spiritual behavior, service to humanity and the peace afforded by spiritual growth.
Mitrenga Hall currently possesses all the facilities of a modern hotel with the atmosphere of an antique home. However, no student should plan to attend convocation with the idea that he or she is to be served as they would in a hotel or summer resort. Personal responsibility for each and every act is a Divine Edict. The student’s responsibility is to render service and be a useful member of the community. By first learning to serve, the student begins walking the Path to God.