FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Andy Horner chose to honor his late wife Joan by dedicating the second floor east lobby of Southwestern Seminary’s new J.W. MacGorman Chapel to her during a daylong, chapel-wide dedication event Dec. 1.
Horner said he finds it a very special opportunity to honor his wife somewhere where she was so involved and with people she cared for deeply.
“This is wonderful,” Horner said. “She really did love those students. She was very involved with them, bringing them over every year and giving them jewelry.”
The Horners founded Premier Designs, a direct sales jewelry company, in 1985. Today the company distributes in 50 states and Puerto Rico and has the same goal it began with: To enrich every life it touches.
Southwestern President Paige Patterson presided over the dedication ceremony and thanked Horner for his support of the seminary and the souls that may be won to Christ because of it.
“We are extremely grateful for them, and we just wanted to gather here today to show them how thankful we are for them but also to pray that God will bless what happens in this lobby,” Patterson said.
First Baptist Dallas senior pastor Robert Jeffress gave a dedication prayer during the ceremony, asking God to use the lobby for His glory and thanking Him for the service and generosity of the Horners. The Horners, for whom the Horner Homemaking House on Southwestern’s campus is named, have been an integral part of the growth and advancement of the seminary through their service and sacrifice. As with their business, the Horners have lived out their belief that people are the most valuable assets.
“We've always been very interested in Southwestern because of our connection with the president and his wife,” Horner said. “We’ve been friends for 50 years. I’m very excited about what they’re doing about expanding the curriculum so well and the impact they have on biblical truth.”
The new chapel, he said, will certainly become a vehicle for further expansion of the kingdom of God.
“It is going to be something that is not only a chapel, but it’s going to be something that’s going to shine,” Horner said. “I think God is really going to use it. I see it with a very strong impact on these students and also I see that it is really going to glorify the Lord. Not only is it going to be physically beautiful, but it is going to be a dynamic edition to the campus.”