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Greenville College Formally Recognizes Andrews Chair

By Carla Morris Greenville College Formally Recognizes Andrews Chair

“Turning a triple play” is the analogy Professor Brian Hartley, associate vice president for academic affairs, used to formally recognize the James F. and Leona N. Andrews Endowed Chair for Christian Unity (John 17:21). Hartley's remarks came as part of a celebration that took place in JKL Academic Hall on November 4. Guests learned about the endowment and an additional gift to fund immediate programming that will benefit students this year. James-Leona Andrews

Funded by the Full Salvation Union, the endowed chair is part of the Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry. Namesake of the chair, James Andrews (pictured at right with wife Leona), graduated from Greenville College.

Expansion Times Three

Hartley's image of a triple play referred to three recent events in the expansion of studies pertaining to theology, philosophy and ministry at Greenville College.

  1. The gift of JKL Academic Hall in 2014 from Don '52 and Esther (Knapp '54) Jones.
  2. The formal transition last month from a department of philosophy and theology to the Donald N. and Kathleen G. School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry.
  3. The receipt of this generous gift from the Full Salvation Union to expand studies that promote Christian unity.

Members of the Andrews family were present for the celebration that included remarks from President Filby and Board of Trustees Chairman Jerry Hood. A reception in JKL Hall followed.

Immediate Programming

In addition to fully funding the chair, the gift also provides for the launch of immediate programming. Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology Ben Wayman heads this effort as Andrews Fellow for the 2016-17 school year.

“This allows us to deepen and expand what we’re trying to do here already,” said Wayman.

Click here and listen to Wayman’s remarks about programming made possible by this funding.

"Good Fit" Partnership, Common Goals

Jerry Hood, chairman of GC’s Board of Trustees, explained that the gift is the third largest gift in the College’s history.

Addressing members of the Andrews family, he said, “We are grateful for this significant gift, for your partnership with the Bastian School and for providing the resources to ensure there will always be a voice on this campus for those who want to find unity through Christ."

Click on the video below to see how GC students already learn from various faith traditions through the course COR 102-Christian Thought and Life.

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This story was published on November 11, 2016