GC Receives Funding For Christian Unity Studies

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Greenville College has announced the recent receipt of a $1,361,750 gift to promote studies of Christian Unity. The gift comes from the Full Salvation Union.

“The Full Salvation Union is pleased to provide financial support to Greenville College for several initiatives that will promote Christian Unity,” said Dr. David Andrews, General Pastor, Full Salvation Union.

Greenville College will use $1.3 million to establish The James F. and Leona N. Andrews Endowed Chair for Christian Unity (John 17:21). The purpose of this endowed chair is to honor the legacy of James F. and Leona N. Andrews through providing support for a chair to coordinate a program of study that is interdenominational in effort and nonsectarian in spirit, leading to greater understanding and unity of spirit among all of God’s children.

Greenville College recently announced its transition from a department of philosophy and theology to the Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry. The Andrews Chair will reside in that School.

In addition to the endowed chair, the Full Salvation Union has established a one-year grant of $61,750 for programing to begin immediately. The James F. and Leona N. Andrews Fellowship Grant (John 17:21), will provide for steps leading to certification in Christian Unity and an instructor/director to manage the program. Program elements may include on-campus speakers and student experiences that engage the topic of Christian Unity, the publication of materials that advocate Christian Unity and the integration of the vision for Christian Unity into existing programing. General Pastor, Dr. David Andrews notes, “establishing a certification in Christian Unity is an important step toward realizing the unity for which Jesus prayed as recorded in John 17:21”.

For more than 75 years, the Full Salvation Union has operated on the principle that God’s Kingdom is based on transformation in Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit to eliminate divisiveness. The organization engages in educational, charitable and religious work and endeavors to promote principles that align with God’s Kingdom.

Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the college is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles east of St. Louis. For more information call 618-664-6500.

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