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Chapmans Tour Construction Site


Chapman Center construction well underway, expected to open June of 2018

Dr. Gary and Karolyn Chapman recently visited the construction site of the Chapman Center, seeing up close for the first time the progress that has been made since Moody broke ground last year.

Erik Hultquist, Moody’s assistant division manager for Facilities (middle), giving a tour of the construction site to the Chapmans along with senior vice president of media, Greg Thornton (middle right), and chief operating officer, Steve Mogck (far right).

“To stand here today and see what’s already happened with the construction is thrilling,” said bestselling author and Moody alumnus, Dr. Gary D. Chapman, for whom the building is named. Dr. Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, gave a cornerstone gift for the construction project. The Chapman Center will serve as Moody’s future global media center, becoming the new home for both Moody Radio and Moody Publishers.

While reflecting on Psalm 71:17-18, which the Lord used to encourage the Chapmans to partner with Moody in the construction of the building, Dr. Chapman added, “The emphasis in this passage is on the next generation, and after reading these verses I knew the Lord wanted us to be part of this building which is for the next generation. I am excited about what God is going to do in the future through this global media center.”

Dr. Gary and Karolyn Chapman with Greg Thornton at the Chapman Center’s construction site in Chicago.

The Chapmans enjoyed a tour of the construction site given by Moody’s assistant division manager of Facilities, Erik Hultquist. Construction on the four-story, 50,000-square-foot building is on schedule and well underway, with the steel structure, stair towers, and elevator shafts erected to the fourth floor. Later this month, construction workers will assemble exterior pre-cast architectural panels. Installation of the roofing and exterior glass begins in October, followed by internal walls and inside work in December. The Chapman Center is scheduled to open in June of 2018.

“The Chapman Center will be one of the most technologically advanced Christian ministry media centers in the world, affirming Moody’s leadership in equipping people with the truth of God's Word using innovative, integrated media technology,” said Greg Thornton, senior vice president of media at Moody. “It was a joy to show the Chapmans the progress that has been made, pray together, and again express our sincere gratitude for their friendship. We’re excited for their partnership with Moody as we embark upon this exciting era in Moody’s 132-year history.”

With the Chapman Center, students at Moody will also have unprecedented opportunities to learn from and serve alongside Moody’s media professionals. “Students will be able take those skills into all areas of the globe to which God calls them, which will result in Moody having an exponential impact across cultures and generations around the world,” stressed Thornton.

In addition to Moody Radio and Moody Publishers, the Chapman Center will feature a multi-media exhibit honoring the life and ministry of Dr. Chapman in the area of marriage and family, along with a full collection of his works and counseling resources. Dr. John Trent, Moody’s Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family, will also be based in the Chapman Center and collaborate with Moody Publishers and Moody Radio leadership, as well as students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health program.

More photos and video of the Chapman’s recent visit to the construction site is available at Moody’s Facebook page.

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