Beatty Challenge Grant to Aid Endowed Chaplaincy

Guy Beatty

Guy Beatty

Ferrum College celebrated its annual United Methodist Women’s Day on campus last summer with nearly 400 women from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in attendance for a day of worship, fellowship, food, and enjoyment. Dr. Jennifer Braaten, president of Ferrum, chose the occasion to announce a $200,000 challenge grant to the UMW put forth by the late philanthropist Guy Beatty. When matched, the funds will be directed to the Ferrum College Centennial Campaign priority to endow the Chaplaincy position.

The gift, from Guy Beatty, represents the latest collaboration between Dr. Braaten and Mr. Beatty. Last December, Beatty and his wife, Betty, gave $1 million for a new building for the Franklin County Free Clinic, a gift to the people of Franklin County facilitated by Dr. Braaten.

“Guy Beatty was a person who truly desired to share with others the blessings he had received throughout his life,” said Braaten. “Ferrum College has been extraordinarily fortunate to count Guy and Betty among our friends and benefactors. We are prayerful that the Ferrum family will follow his example and meet and exceed this challenge.”

The Endowed Chaplaincy will be incorporated into the Ferrum College Campus Ministries program within the Student Life division and in collaboration with the Academic Schools.

The Chaplaincy will support a College pastor in perpetuity and ensure ongoing support for the Ferrum College campus ministries program including on- and off-campus projects such as student mission efforts.

Gifts toward the Beatty Challenge will help Ferrum College to continue its historic commitment to an environment that encourages spiritual development and offers numerous opportunities for students to celebrate life and explore God’s intention for human living.

For more information or to contribute toward the Beatty Challenge for the endowed Ferrum College Chaplaincy, please contact Kim Blair, vice president for institutional advancement at 540.365.4210 or


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