Carroll Memorial Prayer Chapel
Joseph S. Carroll founded the Evangelical Institute of Greenville, SC to fulfill 2 Timothy 2:2, "What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Faith, prayer and worship are three of several core truths he consistently emphasized since the school's beginning forty plus years ago. EI continues with the same message.
Several years ago during the annual prayer conference, a leader suggested that we should have a prayer chapel where students and staff, conference guests and local church members could go to pray. The senior staff and the Board of Directors all agreed this should be done. Thus began the search to know the will of God for where it should be placed on campus and what design plans would be suitable for its construction. After different sites and plans were considered, peace came when leaders recognized the will of God was to take the Carroll home, that sits on the highest point overlooking the campus, and renovate it into the Carroll Memorial Prayer Chapel. This would be a fitting honor for Mr. and Mrs. Carroll who were used by God to bless so many.
As it has been since the school's beginning, this would be another venture in faith and praying for full provision. Once again, we have seen our faithful Lord provide stage by stage for this project, both financially and with a professional contractor. We continue to trust and pray for the balance of provision as the prayer chapel moves toward completion. Plans are set, as the Lord wills, for it to be dedicated at the Prayer Conference March 27-29, 2015.
The Prayer Chapel's purpose is clearly defined. It is for prayer and worship. It will not be used for committee meetings, social events, weddings, or any other activity not in keeping with this purpose.
Jerry R. White, Jr.