A generous gift from Dr. Gary and Karolyn Chapman has been given to Moody for the establishment of the Chapman Center on its Chicago campus.
The historic announcement was made by Moody Global Ministries’ president, Dr. Paul Nyquist, during a Sept. 16 town hall meeting with the staff, faculty and students. It took place in Torrey-Gray Auditorium on Moody’s Chicago campus, with campuses in Spokane, Wash., and Plymouth, Mich., and owned and operated Moody Radio stations around the country, joining via a live video webcast.
Preleminary artist rendition of the Chapman Center.
Dr. and Mrs. Chapman were on hand for the announcement, along with their daughter, Shelley, whose presence and touching tribute was a surprise to her parents. Dr. Nyquist announced that just north of the Sweeting Center on Moody’s Chicago campus, the new four-story, 50,000-square-foot Chapman Center will house the following.
Gary D. Chapman Library and Exhibit:
This will include a full collection of Dr. Chapman’s works and counseling resources. A multi-media exhibit celebrating the life and ministry of Dr. Chapman in the area of marriage and family will be open to the general public
Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) Counseling Clinic and Study Center:
Featuring a separate, private entrance for clients utilizing counseling services, the clinic will provide valuable practicum experience for students enrolled in MTS’ Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) and Moody Bible Institute’s (MBI) Pre-Counseling major.
The Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family:
Current Chair Dr. John Trent will be located in close proximity to the counseling clinic, Moody Publishers and Moody Radio. This will help foster collaboration as Dr. Trent serves as Moody’s voice on marriage and family.
Global Media Center:
Moody Radio and Moody Publishers will reside and collaborate in this state-of-the-art space in the areas of digital publishing, multimedia production and Internet technology. It will also serve as a hands-on laboratory for training MBI’s Communications students in a real-world media environment.
“The Chapman Center will help propel Moody into an unprecedented expansion of education, radio and publishing ministry in our 129-year history,” said Dr. Nyquist.
“The Chapman Center will build on the Chapman’s legacy in marriage and family, as well as media and conference ministry,” said Dr. Nyquist. “We are extremely grateful for the Chapman’s gift, along with the gifts and prayers of many others toward this effort, which will result in an unparalleled number of people here and around the globe being reached with Christ’s message of hope.”
After the announcement, Dr. Chapman addressed those in attendance, reflecting on his heart for Moody and appreciation for the ministry. “Karolyn and I are grateful for the opportunity to have an impact on the next generation, and the vision for the Chapman Center that Dr. Nyquist and the leadership at Moody presented to us was exciting,” said Dr. Chapman, a 1958 graduate of Moody Bible Institute and author of Moody Publishers’ #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages.
“We know that God’s blessings are always so that we can bless others,” said Dr. Chapman. “Our prayers will always accompany our gift. We appreciate all that Moody does for the Kingdom.”
Dr. Chapman 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 400 stations.
Following Dr. Chapman’s address to the staff, faculty and students of Moody, assistant professor of music at MBI Desirée Hassler sang “Find us Faithful.” Moody Board of Trustees member Richard E. Warren prayed, and a time of worship concluded the historic town hall meeting.
A construction timetable for the Chapman Center is currently being developed, with more information to be announced in early 2015.