St. Alban’s Chapel celebrated 75 years of ministry with a “Toast to St. Alban’s” on Friday, April 15th, 2016.
Along with friends of The Citadel, in attendance were 67 Citadel graduates from every decade 1950-today. This Gala event was held at The Carolina Yacht Club, with a primary purpose of celebrating all that God has done, is doing and will be doing in cadet lives at The Citadel through St. Alban’s Chapel.
Over 270 people gathered to hear stories of changed lives. Current Chaplain Greg Smith shared stories of present day ministry and the needs of un-churched and un-reached students. The Rev. Rob Sturdy shared his testimony of movement from atheistic non-belief to current service in the church, a conversion that resulted from the work of a St. Alban’s Chaplain challenging and believing in him.
Beloved Bp. FitzSimons Allison spoke on the conversion experience of Dean William Porcher DuBose, graduate from 1855. He emphasized Dean DuBose’s realistic theology and understanding of our sinful condition as humans and need for Jesus.
A donor testimony was given by Col. Dick Law, who shared his conversion to Jesus at The Citadel and his desire to gratefully fund the programs of St. Alban’s Chapel.
The night ended with a challenge by Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds (President of The Citadel). He challenged those present (and those remotely) to raise $200,000 in funds for St. Alban’s Chapel. This money is needed to fund a full-time Chaplain at St. Alban’s Chapel, cover program costs and pay for interns to help with program growth. The current chaplain splits his time between St. Alban’s Chapel and a local church. As the program has grown, his time is stretched thin and the ministry is limited. A full-time presence on the campus would open space for discipleship growth and program development.
Along with that, 3 interns are needed for this next year. Interns would come alongside the Chaplain in outreach to and mentoring of cadets along with assisting in program details as well. In turn, they would gain training in leadership, discipleship and fundraising.
We are seeking funding from several sources, but our biggest source of funding is the generous giving of friends, alumni and parents. Would you join us in meeting this challenge to help St. Alban’s Chapel grow in this upcoming school year? Your generous gift is greatly appreciated as we prepare for the future needs of The Citadel cadets.
Checks can be made out to St. Alban’s Chapel OR The Citadel Foundation
(with “St. Alban’s Chapel” in the Memo line)
and sent to 171 Moultrie Street MSC#3 Charleston, SC 29409