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$750,000 matching gift to boost GGBTS intercultural education

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–An anonymous donor has pledged $750,000 as a matching gift to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to assist in the endowment of the chair of intercultural education. The gift was announced during the seminary’s Intersect ’05 intercultural awareness week sponsored by The David and Faith Kim School of Intercultural Studies.

The matching gift represents half of the $1.5 million needed to fully endow the chair and provide perpetual funding. A previous gift had been secured that provides interim funding for the chair until it is endowed and the endowment produces income.

“We are very grateful for the vision of this donor to partner with the Seminary to fulfill the great task set before us—to equip leaders for churches in the West and the world,” GGBTS President Jeff Iorg said. “The Great Commission impact that this endowment will have on the lives of future leaders is enormous.”

Faculty member Faith Kim and her husband David met with potential donors in August to introduce the funding needs of the Kim School. “Many who attended that event have given and expressed a desire to be involved in the work of the school,” said Tom Jones, vice president for institutional advancement. “This challenge gift will encourage those and others to help accomplish full endowment of the chair.”

In February, the seminary named The Faith Kim Chair of Intercultural Education in honor of Kim, a longtime professor and proponent of intercultural awareness at Golden Gate. Kim was appointed to the chair by Chancellor Bill Crews and then inaugurated as the first faculty member to hold the position. The chair is responsible for the development and implementation of programs to train students, staff and faculty members of the seminary in intercultural awareness and competency.

“This gift is both an encouragement and an investment to make sure that the vision of intercultural understanding embraced by the Kim School will continue to move us forward,” said Ray Tallman, director of The David and Faith Kim School of Intercultural Studies. “We receive it as God’s endorsement that what we are doing is for His glory among all peoples.”

The announcement came during Intersect ’05, a Nov. 7-11 emphasis celebrating the seminary’s intercultural community. Prayer gatherings, workshops, cultural meals, films and other activities were provided for members of the student body, staff and faculty at Golden Gate’s Northern California Campus near San Francisco. Emerson Falls, pastor of Glorieta Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and a leader among Native American Baptists, was the featured speaker.

“We are striving for our students to be able to relate, lead and minister to people of all cultures to be effective in Great Commission work,” Iorg said. “This gift will help ensure that future students will continue to receive focused and deliberate training in this important area of leadership.”

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a Cooperative Program Ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and operates five fully-accredited campuses in Northern California, Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Colorado.

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