Construction is underway on the Beeksma Family Theology Center at
Whitworth University and a project blessing ceremony will be held April 12 at 3:15 p.m.
According to a press release, the $2.8 million addition to the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel will allow the theology department, the Office of Church Engagement and campus ministry to be housed in one building, which will lead to greater synergy among the three programs.
The expansion will provide offices for more than 20 faculty, staff and student employees as well as new gathering spaces for students. The chapel will also be renovated to offer additional seating and
improved audiovisual systems, as well as a remodeled conference room.
“We think the space is just right. It’s full of light, places to gather and wide hallways for conversation. Collaboration is a key principle at Whitworth. The Beeksma Family Theology Center will encourage just that,” said Jerry Sittser, Whitworth professor of theology in a press release.
The center is named in honor of Barney and Joyce Beeksma, who provided a $1.5 million gift toward the project. Barney and Joyce Beeksma are Whitworth alumni, Class of 1954.