October 8, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) - Construction on the Dr. Billy Kim International Center is underway! This two-story facility will provide Belhaven a versatile space for conferences and more. The 18,000 square foot facility will be located in the center of campus, and it will include:
- Dynamic conference facility (allows variations of theatre style seating)
- Two seminar rooms
- Five classrooms
- Prayer chapel
- Four staff/faculty offices
- Prep kitchen
Every week, new photos will be added to this news page to keep the public updated on the progress of the International Center.
Plans are underway for a festive dedication service to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, which will include visits by Dr. Kim, numerous Korean-Asian dignitaries and the world famous Far East Broadcasting Company Children's Choir.
The International Center highlights the importance of global perspectives in higher education as well as celebrates the relationship the University has with South Korea. Dr. Billy Kim is a broadcaster, pastor and influential speaker as well as an international Christian statesman who has advised former presidents of South Korea. He built an international media network at Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea where he serves as Chairman of the Board. He also became the first Asian to serve as the president of the 40 million-member Baptist World Alliance.
In the modern history of the Church, there have been few leaders who have had as much influence as Dr. Billy Kim, said President Dr. Roger Parrott. Although not as well known in the United States, the ministry of Dr. Kim in Asia has been of the scope and significance of leaders like Billy Graham, Bill Bright and Rick Warren. Belhaven is overwhelmed to be the onlyuniversity in America that will have a building named in honor of the global impact of Dr. Kim.