Crossway Baptist Church Springfield, Missouri, donated $25,000 both to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
Eddie Bumpers, senior pastor of Crossway, presented the $25,000 donation to SBU President Richard Melson during a recent chapel service.
“The world changers that are here in this room are important for the next generation and are being trained at SBU,” noted Wesley Vance, executive pastor at Crossway and first vice president of the Missouri Baptist Convention. “Behind SBU and its students is a church that believes in the next generation and training up godly men and women to impact the world.”
Melson noted, “This example of faithful support is making transformational, Christ-centered education possible.”
“Crossway’s investment supports our mission and students who, in turn, are impacting the world for Christ and His Kingdom,” Melson added during the Feb. 13 chapel service.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted two special chapel services, Feb. 21 and 22, featuring father-and-son preachers Eddie and Jared Bumpers. Following the Feb. 22 service, Eddie Bumpers and Vance presented the seminary with a gift on behalf of the church.
The $25,000 will go to the seminary’s “legacy fund.”
Jared Bumpers, assistant professor of preaching and evangelism at Midwestern, and his father emphasized themes of discipleship and greatness in back-to-back chapel services.
In speaking to students, Vance noted Crossway’s appreciation and support of the Midwestern community.
Investing in the future
“We are committed to you as students of this institution because we see the great potential you have for the Kingdom of God,” Vance said. “Some of you will be called as pastors, some will go to the mission field, some will serve as counselors, but behind all of you is a legacy that has been laid based on biblical convictions of belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Vance spoke to Allen specifically, saying, “I know the legacy fund is designed to make education affordable for students here, so on behalf of Crossway Baptist Church, we’d like to give $25,000 to the [fund] for you, these students and the future of Midwestern Seminary.”
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