Announcing $200,000 Challenge Grant Toward $1M Endowed Chaplaincy

College President Jennifer Braaten shared the news of philanthropist Guy Beatty’s gift during United Methodist Women’s Day.

Ferrum, Va. (June 14, 2013) – Ferrum College celebrated its annual United Methodist Women’s Day on campus on Saturday, June 8, with nearly 400 women from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in attendance for a day of worship, fellowship, food and enjoyment.  Jennifer Braaten, president of Ferrum, chose the occasion to announce a $200,000 challenge grant towards a $1 million endowed chaplaincy for the College.

The gift, from philanthropist Guy Beatty, represents the latest collaboration between Dr. Braaten and Mr. Beatty.  Last December, Beatty and his wife, Betty, gave $1 million for a new building for the Franklin County Free Clinic, a gift to the people of Franklin County facilitated by Dr. Braaten.

“Guy Beatty is a person who truly desires to share with others the blessings he has received throughout his life,” said Braaten.  “Ferrum College is extraordinarily fortunate to have Guy Beatty as our friend and benefactor. We are prayerful that the Ferrum family will follow his example and meet and exceed his challenge towards our endowed chaplaincy.”

The Endowed Chaplaincy will be incorporated into the Ferrum College Campus Ministries program within the Student Life division and in collaboration with the Academic Schools.

The Chaplaincy will support a College pastor in perpetuity and ensure on-going support for the Ferrum College campus ministries program including on- and off-campus projects such as student mission efforts.

Beatty, who pledged the challenge grant in May, requires that the match be completed by December 25, 2013. For more information or to make a gift, please contact Kim Blair, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, by calling 540.365.4210 or emailing