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Chapel Dedication Celebrates Vision

| October 30, 2009

Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson at chapel dedication ceremony.
Photo: Patrick Wright

A dream held for many years moved a step closer to fruition on October 30 when members of the Regent community gathered to dedicate the site where Regent University's new chapel and Divinity School will be built. During the ceremony Regent's Founder, Chancellor and President, Dr. Pat Robertson, unveiled the architect's rendering of the building.

"The inspiration for the chapel design comes from St. Martin-in-the-Fields near Trafalgar Square in London," Robertson explained. "That church is so pretty we wanted to model our chapel after it. It will be beautiful, and function as a gathering place to pray, have meetings, weddings and other ceremonies."

The rendering also shows the design for the Divinity School, which will be connected to the chapel. Dr. Carlos Campo, vice president for academic affairs, said that the chapel will not be exclusive to the Divinity School, but instead will be a haven and touchstone for the whole university.

Dr. Michael Palmer, dean of the Divinity School, quoted colleagues who spoke of the chapel's importance to the Regent community. "It will be a visual reminder of Regent's shared heritage and will serve as a place of transformation," Palmer said.

Conoly Philips, chairman of the Board of Trustees, explained that the concept of the chapel began as a vision that was placed on many hearts. "Taking the vision to its fulfillment is thrilling," he said. "The chapel will be a testimony to the faithfulness of God and evidence of the Holy Spirit moving in a new and powerful way on our campus. This chapel is going to be the spiritual center of Regent University."


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