On September 28th, 2013, Dr. Brenda and Samuel R. Chand was presented with the Diamond Donor Award. The Diamond Donor Award is to recognize those who give at a diamond level. In addition, Dr. Samuel R. Chand received the Donor Recognition award. Both Dr. Brenda Chand and Dr. Samuel R. Chand continue to sow into Beulah Heights University and make an ongoing difference to our BHU community.
Dr. Sherry Gaither
God has blessed me to be a part of the teaching faculty for the past twenty-two years. My tenure began in 1991, when I was asked to teach one of the first extension classes at New Birth Baptist Church. Since that time, I have served as Director of Extensions, the initial developer of the Leadership department, and Chairperson of Leadership. Every semester I try to “juggle” pastoring, teaching, and traveling, because I am committed to BHU, our president and the student body. My husband and I are honored to partner with Dr. Karanja to fulfill the vision that God has given him. BHU has truly become a “change agent”, impacting our nation and our world.
Our former college president, Dr. Sam Chand and Dr. Karanja, were both instrumental in helping me to “fall in love” with Africa. Over ten years ago, I was asked to go to Kenya, to represent the Leadership Department, as part of a delegation from BHU. Since that time, I have served in Kenya, Ghana, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Zimbabwe, and several cities in Mexico. I feel honored that God would allow me to play a role in imparting knowledge to our students. It is truly a blessing to see how God is using the students who matriculate through BHU.
My husband and I believe that BHU is valuable resource in our community. The greatest investment that one can make—is in people. We are committed to ensuring that BHU remain financially stable and we believe in “giving back” to institutions that have played a major role in empowering students.
I wear so many “hats”—I’m a co-pastor, professor, life coach, author, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and grandmother and with all of that, I still have a passion and invitations to do mission work.
Dr. Gerald Brooks
Gerald Brooks is the founding pastor of Grace Outreach Center, an interdenominational church in Plano, Texas. The church began in 1982 and has grown to a weekend attendance of over 5,000. Grace Outreach Center has creatively targeted youth and children as the focus of its ministry. The congregation, although located in a community that according to the 2000 census is 78% white and only 5% African American, is a diverse body of believers, with 45% of the attendees representing other ethnicities and cultures. Over 35 nationalities are represented at Grace Outreach, with the majority of these representing African nations.
Pastor Brooks received an honorary doctorate degree in 2003 from Beulah Heights University for his distinguished service to the body of Christ, and in recognition of his ministry to pastors and Christian leaders across the country. This year Pastor Brooks was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. An Equip Board Member, Pastor Brooks is partnering with John Maxwell to help raise up international Christian leaders to fulfill the Great Commission in every nation. Also, service to his community has always been an important value; Pastor Brooks has served on municipal boards. Dr. Brooks is one of BHU’s most consistent donors. His unrelenting support is one of the reasons that helps make BHU great.
Born in New Mexico and raised in a military family, Pastor Brooks lived in several states, including a few years in Germany. Living on military bases, he formed friendships with kids of different color, and saw that families of every color were sacrificing for our country. He saw the flag-draped caskets bearing heroes of every color of skin, and learned to respect and honor each one the same. And so it was natural for him when he became a pastor, to strategically build a church representing every race. He often shares of his pleasure in seeing a congregation that is representative of the colors in heaven. Pastor Brooks and his wife, Geni, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three children: Wendi, Kayci, and Cody.
Dr. Brooks has been an extraordinary supporter of Beulah Heights for several years and we appreciate his continued support.
If you are interested in supporting us as we work to develop relevant Christian leaders for the ministry and marketplace, please go to www.beulah.edu/DonateNOW
Dr. Sam Chand
- Alumni & Former President, BHU
- Board Member and Donor, BHU
- Founder, Samuel R. Chand Ministries & Dream Releaser Coaching.
“Why I give to BHU”
Beulah Heights has been part of my life since 1973 when I came as a student from India. During my time as a student at Beulah I served as janitor, breakfast cook and dishwasher. Since my graduation in 1977, while Pastoring I recruited for BHU; raised scholarship funds for 11 students from my church; raised thousands of dollars for special projects; served on the Board of Trustees; served as President (1989—2003) and now as President Emeritus and the Board. With that mutual history, Beulah is a huge part of my story.
However, Beulah Heights is a family affair for the Chand’s. My wife Brenda is also a graduate of Beulah (1973-77) and served as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean & President (1973-79). She has been involved in many areas of service and is now an adjunct instructor in the Leadership department.
My daughter Deborah is also a graduate of Beulah and currently serves in the Marketing department at Beulah as well as a substitute instructor.
Beulah has given so much to me and my family—as a donor it is my joy to give back and see Beulah’s vision move forward.
As a donor I want to give more than money. I want to demonstrate my confidence in the University. I want to encourage the President and his team. I want to connect Dr. Karanja to potential opportunities and funding prospects. I want to reap in the life hereafter the joys of the harvest of souls for the Lord through the ministry and service of students and graduates of Beulah Heights University. My continued prayers are with President Dr. Benson Karanja and the Beulah team. Beulah Heights University’s best days are yet ahead as the vision expands and becomes reality.
- Alumni, BHU.
- Sergeant E-5 & Paratrooper, US Army.
- Investigator & chaplain, Atlanta Police Department.
- Associate Minister, Paradise Missionary Baptist Church.
“Why I give to BHU”
The Apostle Paul stated the following words in the book of Pilippians 3:17a “joins with others in following my example brothers.” As I reflect upon my life thus far, I feel as though I am not worthy to use such a scripture as an example. Therefore, I ask you, my brothers and sisters, to be an example with me in supporting this wonderful institution.
My name is Claude David Porter Sr., a graduate of Beulah Heights University (class of ’00). As I take an audit of my life, I have come to the conclusion that I have much to be thankful for. None of my accomplishments or accolades would have been possible if others had not sewn seed into my life. I would truly be remised if I failed to mention the exceptional spiritual harvest that has grown out of a seed planted by Beulah Heights University.
By the unparallel grace of God, I survived the Vietnam War allowing me to retire from the Atlanta Police Department where I served as an investigator and a chaplain. His benevolence has manifested itself once more with the remission of my second bouts with cancer. As I transcribe my thoughts unto this document, I cannot help but to continue to look unto the hills from which cometh my daily blessings.
My brothers and sisters these are hard times financially and I am aware of the many sacrifices we must make. I will not give me words clichés. I empower you to live in the harvest. God has presented us with an opportunity to sew that we may reap bountifully. As you have been faithful to your family and church I make this personal appeal to you, our alumni to join me in supporting this wonderful institution financially, so that the good works of the past, present and future may continue.
Our university president appreciates all the members of our highest gift recognition club, the President’s Circle. These members include alumni, parents and friends both at home and abroad who provide yearly support of $1, 000 or more to Beulah Heights University.
The President’s Circle unites with one mission in mind, which is to develop global leaders through Christ-centered education. Their continued support demonstrates their confidence in the leadership and direction of the institution. They also share our vision, which is the acronym ARC. ARC is stated in our goal of becoming:
- Academic Excellence
- Resource Center
- Change Agent
Not only does participating in the President’s Circle help meet urgent needs such as scholarships to needy students, it also inspires other donors to rise higher and give more to BHU. Please join the president’s circle and participate in this life-changing institution. Depending on your level of giving, you will be recognized in one of the following categories:
- Diamond-Annual gifts of $25,000 or more
- Platinum-Annual gifts of $10, 000 or more
- Gold-Annual gifts of $5, 000 to $9, 999
- Silver-Annual gifts of $1, 000 to $4, 999
If you have questions, please contact:
Director of University Communications
892 Berne Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 627-2681 ext. 152