I am passionate about leading "the church on the move."
My joy is to see followers of Christ actively engaged in using their gifts, and blazing trails in effectively reaching the world with the transforming power of the gospel. As a servant leader of Christ's church, I want to do for others what my leaders and mentors did for me: facilitate that transformational connection between life on the ground and scripture/theology.
I see the Christian faith as a journey, a way of life. Many people can affirm that "church" is the people, not the building, but were that to become a reality in how we actually function, the church would be transformed. I'm fond of using the designation "follower of Christ." As I read the gospels, the essence of the call of Jesus is action: going, sending, doing.
Cultivating Excellence Campaign
Campaign Reaches Milestone
Central is nearing completion of the first phase of its capital campaign. In November of 2007, shortly after moving to the Shawnee campus, the board voted to launch a $3 million dollar capital campaign. The feasibility study conducted by our fundraising consultants projected that this would be a stretch for Central since we had not had a successful capital campaign for many years. (The last new construction had been in the early 1960’s, when the Pratt-Journeycake Library was built.)
At this point, Central has raised $7.8 million dollars, which includes money for two endowed chairs: the Fred E. Young Chair in Hebrew Bible and the Des Peres Chair in Congregational health. We give thanks for the generosity of friends of Central who are participating in the seminary’s renewal. We celebrate this milestone.
We are not finished, however. Actually, one capital campaign should role into another as the mission continues to grow! In October we received a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, OK, for $500,000 toward new housing on our campus. This will not be old-school seminary housing, but flexible conference housing that can accommodate
- D.Min students from US and Myanmar for short-term courses
- International students completing master’s degrees
- other short term guests whose stay will enrich the seminary community
Over the next several months, Central will be seeking to garner $1 million dollars in new pledges in order to receive the funds from Mabee. We ask that you will give prayerful consideration to how you could contribute to the generative community that this kind of living space makes possible. To make a pledge, click on the “Give now” button on the lower left hand corner of this page.