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Golden Gate housing renovation receives $200,000 boost

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)—With the sky-high cost of living in the San Francisco area, a $200,000 gift for refurbishing student housing at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s Northern California campus is a welcome boost for affordable on-campus student housing.

The gift — from Strongtower Financial Inc., a church and faith-based lending and investment arm of the California Baptist Foundation — is a matching one, meaning the seminary also will provide a matching $200,000, bringing the total amount for student housing renovation to $400,000.

“Strongtower’s goal is to make regular contributions to California Southern Baptist organizations and institutions,” said Chester Reid, president of Strongtower Financial, Inc. “Our company was financially blessed in 2006 because churches and institutions used our services at an unprecedented level. And we are delighted to help meet this immediate housing need in support of the seminary’s mission of shaping effective Christian leaders for tomorrow’s churches.”

GGBTS residence life manager Shane Tanigawa noted that the greatest current need is for three-bedroom units for incoming student families. The gift also will be used to renovate one-bedroom units at the campus. Golden Gate Seminary offers two dormitory-style housing options for single men and single women, studio-sized units for singles, and one-, two- and three-bedroom options for families.

“Without affordable housing on campus, many of our students would be financially unable to attend our Northern California campus,” GGBTS President Jeff Iorg said. “We are grateful to our friends and supporters like Strongtower who ensure that we can continue to offer quality housing, allowing our students to study and minister in local churches without the financial hardship of paying for off-campus housing in the Bay Area.”

In other news from the seminary, Marshall Shelley, vice president of Christianity Today International, will co-teach coursework on the theory and practice of ministry and leadership at the seminary’s Phoenix campus in conjunction with Golden Gate’s doctor of ministry program.

Shelley, editor of Leadership Journal and author of several books, including “The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham,” will be teamed with Jim Wilson, associate director of Golden Gate’s D.Min. program.

“I know few men who can match the ministry and leadership insights of Marshall Shelley,” Wilson said. “In addition to being a premier thinker, he is a kind, gentle and sincere man.”

Golden Gate’s 2007 D.Min. track in Phoenix will begin Oct. 30. The deadline for application is April 15, with enrollment limited to degree candidates.

The GGBTS doctor of ministry program requires 29 hours of advanced seminary work and a ministry project. Candidates must have earned a master of divinity degree or its equivalent and have three years’ ministry experience following their M.Div. degree. The three-year program is non-residential; candidates attend three sets of seminars at the Phoenix campus or other GGBTS locations such as the San Francisco area, Southern California and Denver.

For more information call 1-888-442-8703; go to www.ggbts.edu; or send an email to [email protected].

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