Chesapeake Energy awards seminary $50,000 grant for playgrounds

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation awarded a $50,000 grant to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for use in building two new playgrounds on campus. The playgrounds are scheduled to be placed at the seminary’s Robert and Goldia Naylor Children’s Center and J. Howard Williams Student Village, which houses the largest percentage of seminary students with families.

“Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is thankful for the recent gift from Chesapeake Energy Corporation,” said Mike Hughes, vice president for institutional advancement. Hughes sees the relationship between the seminary and energy company as a positive factor in the community. “Southwestern Seminary continues to be a significant economic contributor to the south-side of Fort Worth.  We are grateful that Chesapeake Energy joins us in this effort, and we look forward to further partnerships with Chesapeake Energy in the days ahead.”

Julie Wilson, vice president of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy, expressed the company’s excitement in providing the grant, saying, "Chesapeake Energy is pleased to underwrite the construction of two new playgrounds, along with age-appropriate play equipment, that will ultimately provide a safe and fun environment for the children of students at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We are pleased to support the Seminary and are committed to working with them to enhance the surrounding community."

About Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southwestern Seminary celebrates its centennial in 2008. Since its founding, the seminary has trained and sent out over 40,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University. It was moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910 and was placed under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. Paige Patterson was elected as the eighth president of the seminary in 2003.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Thomas White, Vice President for Student Services and Communications
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
817.923.1921 ext. 7300

Established 1908 Fort Worth, Texas