Largest undesignated gift helps Midwestern Seminary

by Tammi Ledbetter, posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary received a gift of $62,711 from the estate of Hershal B. Lynch of Raymore, Mo. - the largest undesignated gift in the school's history, according to Development Vice President Harold Poage.

Lynch died Feb. 16 at age 92 at a nursing home in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

A graduate of Kirkville College, Lynch worked for Rail Mail until he retired in 1965. His wife, Dorothy M. Lynch, preceded him in death in 1993.

"The blessing that just came to Midwestern from the Hershal and Dorothy Lynch gift annuity is enormous," stated Midwestern Seminary President Mark Coppenger. "These saints were so thoughtful to insure that this portion of their estate went to kingdom work such as ours."

Asked what the contribution could provide for the school, Coppenger said, "Well, you could say that it covered all visiting chapel speakers for this year, provided for the faculty retreat/missions orientation in Minneapolis, will cover travel for 30 students to Salt Lake City in June to evangelize Mormons, bought a year's worth of new library books and provided Christmas bonuses to our staff of 120. That's what $62,711.64 will accomplish. May many others take their path of estate planning."

The largest designated gift in the school's history was received in 1981 in the amount of $115,000.

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