Golden Gate Seminary Receives Funding for Endowment from Waters Family

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary announced on January 7, 2010, receipt of  a one million dollar bequest from the Charles and Barbara Waters Charitable Trust. Established in 1992, the donation was created to fund the Charles & Barbara Waters Endowment Fund for Theological Projects.

Charles “Chuck” Waters was a minister and funeral home director in Roseville, California, who died in March, 2006. His wife, Barbara, passed away in late December, 2009. Based upon their admiration of Golden Gate Seminary’s focus on Scripture and missions, this retired Methodist minister and his wife established an endowment for the Seminary. The couple also donated a number of books to the Golden Gate library system.

“Chuck and Barbara spent many wonderful years ministering together,” said Dr. Tom Jones, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “This gift will extend that partnership in ministry beyond their lifetimes.”

Barbara and Chuck Waters met at a roller skating rink in Providence, Rhode Island in 1946, and were married two years later. After college and some years as a funeral director, Chuck answered a call to ministry. He graduated from Boston University School of Theology and went on to pastor churches in Massachusetts, Nevada, California, and Virginia. After retirement, Chuck served as a chaplain at Roseville Hospital and at the VA Hospital in Sacramento. He also sold Christian books, worked for a mortuary, held home Bible studies, and preached at a rest home.

Barbara was active in the United Methodist Church of Roseville. An accomplished pianist, she also sang in the choir and as a soloist.

“We are grateful that the Waterses were generously motivated to create a trust and name Golden Gate Seminary as the beneficiary,” said Dr. Jeff Iorg, Seminary President. “Their prudent planning has provided a legacy gift that will enable us to continue our efforts in shaping Kingdom leaders at Golden Gate Seminary.”