Nicholas Wolterstorff speaking behind a podium to an audience

Biola’s ambition is to become a global center for Christian thought — an institution that cultivates and disseminates influential scholarship, speaking to critical world issues from a solidly biblical perspective. To that end, Biola has launched three academic centers to provide biblically centered wisdom to the world in the spheres of academia (the Center for Christian Thought), the arts and culture (the Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts), and relationships (the Center for Marriage and Relationships). In addition to these centers, Biola will commit to supporting faculty by funding research through endowed chairs and lectureships. The overarching goal of these endeavors is to strengthen Biola’s voice as a school deeply committed to biblical truth and academic excellence.

Goal: $13 million

Raised to date: $11 million

What the $13 million will fund:

$8 million: Faculty Research and Scholarly Centers. Wisdom that transforms. Art that inspires. Relationships that thrive. These are the focal points of academic centers at Biola. Through these centers, and through more funding to facilitate faculty research, Biola will have an ever-greater capacity to equip the church and the world around us with biblically centered resources and practical wisdom.

$5 million: Endowed Chairs and Lectureships. Biola seeks to support its faculty and attract the brightest Christian scholars from around the world by funding endowed chairs and lectureships. In order to become a true global center for Christian thought, funds must be allocated to make Biola an attractive option for top Christian scholars in a variety of disciplines.

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