John L. Hill Chapel
John L. Hill Chapel was built in 1948, when Sam Hill, Sr. was president of the College; it was named for John L. Hill, and first Academic Dean of the College. The dedicatory events included a spring (1949) Revival, featuring Jess Moody, then a student at Baylor University. By all accounts it remains one of the most powerful spiritual episodes in the history of the College.
The Chapel includes the one thousand seat sanctuary which serves as the primary assembly hall for the College, hosting worship, convocations, lectures, concerts, dramas and other social and academic events. The ground floor is named for Gladys Knight and houses five classrooms and the Campus Ministry suite. On the hallways behind the stage are offices for the Dean of the Chapel, the Director of Church Relations, their Administrative Assistant, eight faculty members and the campus newspaper, The Georgetonian.
In 2000, the College launched a major refurbishing project. Completed thus far are the installation of new flooring, new seats, new stage curtains and, new sound and light controls. In the summer of 2007 the new Osbourne-Tilford Family Organ was built and installed by the Johannus Company of Holland. Two dedicatory concerts were held: by Chapel Organist Daniel Tilford in October of 2007 and by College Alumni Dan Benjamin, Patricia Kinman Avery, Glenna Armstrong Metcalfe and, Ann Colbert Wade in February of 2008. A Hymn Sing and Choir Festival is planned for the fall of 2008. Projects still awaiting donors are a new Steinway concert grand piano, new chimes, new stain glass window under the new organ, new lights and video recording and projecting systems, restoration of Chapel portraits and complete refurbishing of the ground floor (painting, ceilings, flooring, technology, restrooms). Many seats in the Chapel have been dedicated to a student, parent, professor, mentor or other person of significance. For a gift of $250 you may honor or memorialize someone special to you.
In 2006, the College launched the Christian Scholars Fund to underwrite the Christian Mission of the College and to continue to refurbish the Chapel. For information on how you, your family, your church, and your business can assist in these efforts, contact Lori Matthews at (502-863-8048).