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Renown Author, Blackaby, compliments NGU’s role in equipping, training, and supporting

Tigerville, SC (September 15, 2020) The North Greenville University (NGU) Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund (CMSF) held its fall meeting on Tuesday, September 8, in Hayes Ministry Center on the NGU campus. Dr. Richard Blackaby, president of Blackaby Ministries International (BMI), author, and international speaker from Atlanta, GA, was the keynote speaker.

Blackaby reflected on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and told the assembled group that he hopes they had time for self-examination during the quarantine.

“I don’t know if you are looking forward to getting back to the way things used to be. I hope after all you’ve seen, you don’t want things to go back to normal,” he said. “I hope you want to go to a place where your service to God is not where you’ve ever been before.”

He said if there is a time when we need truth to go out in society, it’s now. “America desperately needs it.”

“They [the students] need the best equipping, the best training, the best support system that they can possibly get. I can not think of a better place to invest your life,” Blackaby said.

The Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund (CMSF), founded in 1997, is an endowment that provides an opportunity to support students who want to earn degrees related to Christian ministry. Graduates of these programs are making a difference worldwide as pastors, missionaries, church planters, worship leaders, youth & children ministers, chaplains, counselors, media ministers, and more. The endowment was established to provide greater college affordability for students moving towards church ministry.

Thanks to the dedicated and faithful donors, the CMSF is close to surpassing $5 million, with all proceeds from the fund applied 100% to scholarships. With over 400 ministry students studying at NGU each year, CMSF is a blessing and influencing the next generation of ministry leaders.

Blackaby, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, speaks on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God and the Christian life. He regularly ministers to Christian CEOs, church leaders, and families.

He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Saskatchewan, an M.Div and Ph.D. in church history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Blackaby served as a senior pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, and then as the president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada for 13 years. He continues to serve as the seminary’s Chancellor and has written or co-authored thirty-five books, including “Experiencing God,” which he co-authored with his father. 

Two of Blackaby’s three children, NGU alumni Daniel (‘10) and Carrie (‘12), both English majors, now work with BMI. Blackaby currently teaches in NGU’s Doctor of Ministry program at the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School in Greer.

To be part of this organization, or for more information about other endowment and giving opportunities, visit www.ngu.edu/fund-scholarships.


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