Moody Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Announced during the Convocation ceremony on Aug. 28 in Chicago, Ill., Moody Bible Institute has established The Gary D. Chapman Chair for Marriage and Family. The Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) chair is endowed by a gift from Dr. Gary and Karolyn Chapman and will serve as the organization's voice on marriage and family. This is the first endowed chair in Moody's 126-year history.
"Dr. Chapman is one of the most influential and passionate advocates for marriage and family, and Moody is deeply grateful for his and Karolyn's making this chair possible," said Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody. "Churches continue to be under more and more stress to help marriages and families, so by having a recognized expert on our faculty, Moody will be equipping our seminary students at a higher level to help meet this growing need, something near to the heart and legacy of Dr. Chapman."
Dr. Chapman is a 1958 graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He also received M.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.
"Karolyn and I are excited about the opportunity to be able to enhance the ministry of Moody Bible Institute by helping to establish The Gary D. Chapman Chair for Marriage and Family," said Dr. Chapman. "It is our prayer that God will use this chair to further equip students to have God-honoring marriages and learn how to help others do the same."
Married more than 45 years to Karolyn, Dr. Gary Chapman is well known around the world as an expert in improving relationships. He has served more than forty years as a pastor and marriage counselor, and is author of Moody Publishers' #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages, which has sold more than seven million copies and has been translated into over 40 languages.
He speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences, and he also hosts a nationally syndicated Moody Radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, on almost 300 stations. Dr. Chapman also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
This endowed chair in Dr. Chapman's honor uniquely and strategically combines education, radio and publishing to utilize Moody's media platforms, reaching a broad audience with the biblical perspective on marriage and family. The responsibilities of this chair will include teaching courses in counseling and marriage and family each semester at MTS; guest lecturing in Moody's undergraduate school; serving as a regular voice on Moody Radio; and publishing with Moody Publishers on marriage and family topics.
"Because this professor will have media responsibilities, our prayer is that he or she will reach many more people with this important message through radio and publishing," said Greg Thornton, Moody's senior vice president of Media. With Dr. Chapman's extensive understanding of Moody and what it takes to be an effective communicator, he will have a strong voice in the appointment of this endowed chair. Thornton added, "Dr. Gary Chapman has shown us just how effective this message can be and how needed it is. I'm thrilled that Moody is recognizing the value of this and desires to bring an endowed chair to MTS to be the voice of Moody on marriage and family."
Recruitment for this chair position has begun and it is expected to be filled by July 1, 2013.
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