RICHMOND, Va. (ABP) — Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) has received a gift of $1 million to be distributed over five years from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation of San Antonio, Texas, the seminary announced in an Aug. 7 press release.
The funds will be used for operating expenses as the 20-year-old seminary transitions from its campus on Richmond’s Northside to a yet-to-be-determined location in a different section of the city.
“We believe that the work and mission of BTSR is of utmost importance in the Mid-Atlantic region, the United States and the world,” said Jackie Baugh Moore, vice president of the Baugh Foundation, which has contributed to the seminary since 2008. “We are grateful for the work BTSR does, the mission and covenant principles by which they operate and the message of Christ’s love they deliver in our world.”
The Baugh family and its Foundation have been generous supporters of Baptist causes for many years. This most recent gift — the largest BTSR has received since an anonymous $1 million gift in 2007 — is a pledge of $200,000 in each of the next five years. Moore said that the Foundation does not typically commit to long-term pledges but decided to make an exception with this grant.
In honor of the gift, the seminary will establish the Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics chair, to be held by Elizabeth Newman, a member of the faculty since 2002. She also directs the school’s master of theological studies degree program.