FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Hope is not lost for Southwestern Seminary students who let Black Friday pass without buying a suit and tie at a great cost. Jim Tatum, president of the “Suits for Servants” ministry, is selling formalwear in the Naylor Student Center at bargain prices, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Students, faculty and staff members may buy one suit for $99.95 or three suits for only $249.85. The suits are available in black, navy or gray, and they come in both solid colors and with pinstripes. Ties are also available for $5.00.
Tatum envisioned the “Suits for Servants” ministry nearly 50 years ago at a conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. He felt that God was leading him to establish a clothing business that would help ministers who could not afford formalwear at regular prices. Soon after this conference, he opened a clothing business in his garage in Jacksonville, Fla., and he was eventually able to open several clothing stores throughout the city.
Since that time, Tatum has opened this Florida-based business to ministers around the nation by traveling to various universities and seminaries. He utilizes much of his time by speaking and laboring to raise funds that will provide suits for ministers in need. He has also supplied suits to ministers in Haiti, where the Florida Baptist Convention has planted hundreds of churches. According to Tatum, Romans 11:36 summarizes the theme of his ministry: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things” (NASB).