Asbury Theological Seminary Completes Goal, Raises $1.5 million for Estes Chapel Renovation
WILMORE, KY—Asbury Seminary announces that it has completed funding for the $1.5 million Estes Chapel renovation project that is part of the Seminary’s Hundredfold Comprehensive Campaign. Renovations are scheduled to begin November 3, 2017, and will be completed in April 2018.
“The fact that this was the first goal of our ambitious $100 million campaign to be completed is itself a testimony to how sacred this chapel is for alumni around the world who gave sacrificially for its renovation,” Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary, said.
A rededication celebration will be held on May 8, 2018, with an extended chapel service, which will be live streamed. Additional celebration events will be held throughout the community.
“We invest in what is important to us, and chapel is such an integral part of our community,” Tammy Cessna, Director of Alumni Relations and Chair of the Estes Chapel Committee, said. “This renovation will be a physical reminder of the importance of chapel for our community for years to come. This is the first major renovation of Estes Chapel since it was built in 1953 and we are grateful for the many donations that helped us reach this strategic goal.”
While the goal for the Estes Chapel renovation and construction has been met, a smaller yet vitally important campaign is underway to update and replace the hymnals in Estes. The cost of this project is $40,000, with a generous $20,000 matching gift already in place. Donations of $100 or more will secure a signed copy of the hymnal by Dr. Tim and Julie Tennent. To give a donation to the Hymnal Initiative and procure your hymnal, go to: asbury.to/hymnal.
The Estes Chapel Initiative is part of the Hundredfold Campaign that seeks to raise $100 million by the Seminary’s 100th birthday in 2023. In addition to renovating Estes Chapel, the campaign prioritizes student scholarships, church planting, support for Seedbed, Hispanic and global programs, endowment of a chair of theology, and undergirding the Campaign Fund.
For more information about the campaign and its vision, visit Asbury.to/hundredfold.