Goad’s estate to fund HHH internships
Although Southwestern Seminary supporter Nola Goad, who the Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the “prettiest girl in Justin,” passed away in July, the then 92-year-old Baptist continues to support the Lord’s work in her absence.
Through the Baptist Foundation of Texas, Goad’s estate leaves an endowed scholarship that will fund internships at Southwestern’s Horner Homemaking House (HHH). First Lady Dorothy Patterson said even in her brief visits with Goad, she recognized the woman’s “deep faith and commitment to the kingdom of Christ.”
“The Nola Goad Internship through the Horner Homemaking House will provide for worthy young women the opportunity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to prepare for kingdom service in the years ahead,” Patterson said. “God grant that every woman who loves the Lord Jesus will work toward leaving such a legacy of life and investment in the future.”
Dean of Women’s Programs, Terri Stovall, said the gift Goad’s estate leaves to the seminary fits her life and legacy well.
“Mrs. Goad was very instrumental in making a difference in the lives of women and this is just a way to continue that to advance the kingdom,” Stovall said. “I think it’s encouraging that there are women out there who still want to invest in other women.”
The program will provide funding for interns to work in the HHH, caring for and overseeing the business and hospitality of the home. Stovall said HHH interns gain valuable experience in the HHH that they will be able to draw from throughout their work in ministry.
“It’s one thing to read about how to use your house for ministry. It’s a whole other thing to actually do it,” Stovall said.
Jack Terry, vice president emeritus and friend of Goad and her late husband, said the internships in Goad’s name will honor her devotion to the value of the home and the management of it.
“Mrs. Goad loved homemaking,” Terry said. “She was 100 percent homemaker and was very interested in pastors’ wives understanding how to take care of the home for the pastor and how to be a good helpmate. She was the perfect fit for the Horner House and the homemaking program that’s going on at the seminary today.”
The HHH currently has two interns, Sarah Bubar and Katie McCoy. Stovall said with this funding, she hopes the department can reach a total of four interns who work 20 hours each week. The seminary will receive the first check from the Baptist Foundation October 1, officially establishing the funding of the internships, Stovall said.
Director of Homemaking Program, Pat Ennis, said the internship also allows the students to gain practical experience in what they study in the classroom. The focus, she said, is promoting the Gospel.
“The bottom line on the internship is that it is an opportunity for a student to practice in concert the skills that they have learned in isolation,” Ennis said. “We do all that not to become a Christian Martha Stewart but so that God’s Word is not discredited.”