FLORENCE – Three gifts announced recently at Mars Hill Bible School will benefit three distinct segments of the school.

Dr. and Mrs. Milton (’60) and Laurel (‘62) Sewell provided the school with an endowed gift totaling $100,000 to establish the Milton and Laurel Shannon Sewell Scholarship in memory of Horace and Ruth Sewell and Paul and Dalphine Shannon. Monies from this fund will provide financial assistance to families who desire to provide a Christian education to their children. “The Sewells have dedicated their entire lives to Christian education,” said MHBS president Nathan Guy. “They believe that every child should have the opportunity to grow spiritually as well as academically 

during those formative early years. The generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Sewell will allow more students to benefit from the unique experience we have to offer at Mars Hill.” Dr. Sewell served as the president of Mars Hill Bible School from 1983 to 1990.

Two anonymous donors have gifted the school with an addition to the field house, which will serve as an all-sports training facility. The new addition will provide an indoor gathering, practicing, and training area for baseball, football, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. This gift also includes the construction of two rows of parking in front of the field house. “We have multiple athletic teams practicing simultaneously and very limited indoor space,” said Darrell Higgins, MHBS Athletic Director. “This gift is a blessing for each of those teams, and we are thankful for the opportunities it will provide for our students.”

Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Peggy Murphy have gifted $50,000 to the school’s teacher fund. “Our extraordinary teachers are the heart and soul of Mars Hill,” said Kenny Lyons, chair of the MHBS Board of Directors. “There’s no question that 2020 has presented them with an unusual number of challenges, and they’ve gone above and beyond to meet every single one. We could not be happier that the Murphys have chosen to honor these commendable men and women in this way.” Mr. and Mrs. Murphy’s three children and four grandchildren are Mars Hill alumni, and six of their great-grandchildren are current students.