Kingwood University had a big announcement this past week:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Kingswood University, Chairman H. C. Wilson announced Friday, March 21, 2014, that the Saunders Irving Chapel is now debt-free. The inspiring worship facility that was dedicated in 2008 under the leadership of former President David Medders has been paid in full through the graciousness of God and the generosity of His people.
According to Kingswood University President Mark Gorveatte, numerous individuals, alumni, faculty, and staff, along with local churches, area businesses, and The Wesleyan denominational family, generously contributed gifts to see this project completed.
"Every gift, both large and small, was greatly needed," said Dr. Gorveatte. "And, all gifts have been deeply appreciated."
The Saunders Irving Chapel was named in memory of Mrs. Jean Irving's grandfather, Rev. A. H. Saunders who faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Atlantic Canada. Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Irving were the lead donors to launch the capital campaign with a major gift in December 2000. Mrs. Irving, along with Dr. John Maxwell, served as Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign.
The Irvings have made additional significant contributions in the past few months that enabled Kingswood University to successfully conclude the capital campaign on February 28, 2014, with the chapel debt paid in full. This magnificent project would not have been envisioned and completed without the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Irving.
"We are humbled by the partnership of each one who gave to this Christ-honoring project," said Dr. Wilson. "Above all, we are forever grateful to God for His faithfulness and blessing to Kingswood University through the years since our founding in 1945 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. May God alone receive our highest and lasting praise!"