We are very humbled and blessed to announce that we have received a $350,000 bequest from Mr. Roland Flowers of Kitchener. Our God is certainly a God who provides!
To recognize this very generous gift, students, staff and faculty gathered for a short presentation about Mr. Flowers followed by a lunch. Partnered with this event was a donor open house where a number of supporters of the College joined us for a graduate seminar and the recognition lunch. View a couple of photos of the event below and the presentation transcript.
“Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil. 4:8
At McMaster Divinity College, we like to take time occasionally to recognize donors who have made special or significant contributions to the life of the College. We have been the beneficiaries in the past from a number of people who have wished to remember McMaster Divinity College either during their lifetime or through a bequest at the time of their death. These gifts are very important to the life of McMaster Divinity College and our students—as some of them help to provide valuable aid for our students or have enabled us to upgrade our building in various ways.
We are here today to remember Roland Flowers. I actually should mention both Helen and Roland Flowers. The Flowers lived in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They attended Stanley Park Baptist Church in Kitchener, one of our CBOQ churches, and were married for 64 years. Helen died in March of 2014, and her husband Roland died in July of that same year at the age of 89 years old.
Upon Roland’s death, we were notified of the generous bequest of $350,000 that he had left to McMaster Divinity College and we wish to honor and recognize this gift today. The Flowers did not have any children, so in a very tangible way, their gift to McMaster Divinity College enables our students to continue the Flowers legacy, if not in name, at least in spirit.
I never had the chance to meet either of the Flowers. However, their niece described them as “wonderful, generous, faithful people.” We could not agree more. We are very thankful for their generosity and foresight. On behalf of McMaster Divinity College, I want to express our thanks for the Flowers and their contribution to Christian higher education.
We invite you all now to join us for lunch, held in honor of the Flowers.