Chicago: The Final Stop of the Tour

November 22, 2016

On Saturday, November 12, President Barry H. Corey and the Campaign National Tour completed the 16th and final stop of the tour. A group of 55 local alumni, parents and friends gathered at the Union League Club of Chicago to learn more about “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University,” the $180 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Pastor Christopher Brooks.  Pastor Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600 member church in the heart of Detroit. He is also the daily host of Equipped for Life, aired daily on the Salem Network, 1500 AM. An alum of Biola’s M.A. in Christian Apologetics Program, Pastor Brooks was recently appointed the Campus Dean of Moody Theological Seminary’s Michigan Campus.

Pastor Brooks shared about his experience at Biola and how it shaped his view of ministry in the city. “ I learned a theology of cities at Biola. God places cities in the heart of his people and he places his people in the heart of cities.”  He added, "I think it is the generosity of the supporters and the leadership of Biola that has allowed for 65,000 alumni to impact our world. Now, more than ever, is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

After Pastor Brooks concluded his keynote, President Barry Corey briefly introduced guests to the details of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, including the focus on both student affordability and the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.

“This is the most ambitious campaign in Biola’s history, with our goal of $180 million, which is nearly 10 times larger than our previous largest fundraising campaign,” Corey shared, adding, “But this campaign is not just about bricks and mortar, but about putting Biola into a better position to carry on its important task of raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in key spheres of society.”  

Corey also announced the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had reached a total of $179 million committed to the campaign.  “We are seeing a lot of momentum, and we are on a good track to reach the finish line,” Corey said.

After learning about the campaign guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the support of those in attendance, and the generosity of a match by a donor, over $53,375.00 was given at the event to support Biola’s bold vision for the future. To date, the Campaign National Tour has raised over $800,000 from events and subsequent gifts by attendees.

The campaign for Biola University concludes on December 31, 2016. Join us as we seek to close the gap and reach our $180M goal. 

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