Moody Bible Institute and its seminary have established The Gary D. Chapman Chair for Marriage and Family, which has been endowed by a gift from Chapman, a 1958 graduate of Moody, and his wife Karolyn.
It is the first endowed chair in Moody’s 126-year history, according to an Aug. 28 news release, and will serve as Moody’s “voice on marriage and family.”
Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages” and numerous other books, is a nationally known marriage and family speaker and senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Recruitment for a professor for the chair is expected to be completed by July 1 of next year.
Chapman said he and his wife of 45 years are praying “that God will use this chair to further equip students to have God-honoring marriages and learn how to help others do the same.”
The endowed chair “uniquely and strategically combines education, radio and publishing to utilize Moody’s media platforms, reaching a broad audience with the biblical perspective on marriage and family,” the news release stated. “The responsibilities of this chair will include teaching courses in counseling and marriage and family each semester at [Moody Theological Seminary]; guest lecturing in Moody’s undergraduate school; serving as a regular voice on Moody Radio; and publishing with Moody Publishers on marriage and family topics.”
In addition to graduating from Moody, Chapman holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College in Illinois and Wake Forest University, respectively, and M.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.