Eula Mae and John Baugh are remembered in the business world
as founders of SYSCO Corporation, but their legacy as Christ-like Baptist
leaders lives on through the impact of their foundation.
The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has provided a
generous grant to Logsdon Seminary with funds allotted to create a scholarship
for women in ministry, an assistance fund for refugee and international
students, a new student lounge and seminar room, and new furnishings in the
not the first time the Baugh family has benefited Logsdon. The Baugh Foundation
recently provided a major gift to Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio to
build out a new facility for Logsdon’s San Antonio extension, which meets on
the church’s campus.
“The John and Eula Mae Baugh Foundation have been remarkable
supporters of Baptist causes for decades,” said Logsdon Dean Dr. Robert Ellis.
“We are honored that the foundation has granted our request for funds to update
our facility and provide assistance to needy students. They are helping to
shape the leaders of the church in the next generation.”
One such leader is incoming Logsdon student, Katie Earles
’18. Earles was awarded the first Baugh Scholarship for Women in Ministry
during the Logsdon Awards Ceremony on April 27.
“I am honored and humbled to have received this
scholarship,” said Earles. “While I’m currently a student pastor, this
scholarship has created opportunities for me to learn about all fields of
ministry at Logsdon Seminary in the fall. I’m incredibly thankful for all the
professors who have helped me so far in my journey, and I’m excited to see what
seminary has in store.”
The Baugh Foundation grant also created the Baugh Student
Assistance Fund for Refugee and International Students. Logsdon Seminary has a
growing community of international and refugee students at the Abilene, San
Antonio, and DFW campuses. While these students receive scholarships for
tuition, they often find themselves in need of funds for fees, living expenses,
and books. This student assistance fund will aid students with such costs.
One recipient is Kisemei Kupe. He, his wife and their four
children moved from Kenya to the U.S. when he took a leave of absence as the
pastor of a significant church in Nairobi to pursue a seminary education. He
was accepted to Logsdon, but had to wait two years to get a visa and come to
the U.S. He speaks of the miracle that God worked in providing visas for his
whole family. Today, Kupe is in his second year of study for the Master of
Divinity, making excellent grades. Because of the Baugh Student Assistant Fund,
he is able to continue his education and support his family.
grant will also fund the construction and furnishing of Logsdon’s new Baugh
Student Lounge and Baugh Seminar Room. The lounge will provide a space for Logsdon
students to foster their relationships, and the seminar room will create
additional space for small classes, like Doctor of Ministry seminars.
The two rooms will be converted from one large room in the Logsdon facility.
Construction has already begun and is expected to be completed before classes
resume in August.
the funds will be used to provide furnishings for other portions of the Logsdon
complex, such as creating student collaboration spaces in hall alcoves and
providing new furniture for the Logsdon Reception Room, the faculty lounge, and
the office lobby.