Acknowledgment -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry
Volume: JDFM 01:1 (Fall 2010)
Article: Acknowledgment
Author: Anonymous


Candies, jellies, and oil are part of what made this issue of The Journal of Family Ministry possible. In 1899, when The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was a mere forty years old, C. Edwin Gheens partnered with James Bradas to form a candy company. The Bradas and Gheens Candy Company, located along West Main Street in Louisville, was a success. When Bradas retired in 1920, Gheens became sole owner and president of the company.1The company brought great success to the Gheens family, but not only through the candies that were produced at 817 South Floyd Street in Louisville. Oil was discovered on a plantation that C. Edwin Gheens had purchased to supply his factory with sugar. The Gheens family chose to invest a significant portion of their resulting resources in their communities. In 1957, C. Edwin Gheens, with his wife Mary Jo, formed the Gheens Foundation to improve the quality of life in Louisville and in the Lafource and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana. A generous endowment from the Gheens Foundation, given nearly three decades ago, continues to provide financial support for the Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1993 until 1995, it was this endowment that made possible the publication of The Journal of Family Ministry at Southern Seminary. Now, the Gheens Center at Southern Seminary has made a significant investment in the re-launch of The Journal of Family Ministry.

It is with gratitude that the editors acknowledge this continuing provision through the Gheens Foundation as well as the leadership and partnership of William R. Cutrer, director of the Gheens Center for Christian Family Ministry at Southern Seminary, in this venture.

The editors wish to express gratitude to the Louisville Historical League for their assistance in obtaining and verifying this information.

The son of 1889-1921 Southern Seminary trustee Charles W. Gheens, C. Edwin Gheens (left) was a prominent leader in the twentieth-century Louisville business community. C. Edwin Gheens served as a trustee of Southern Seminary from 1921 until his death in 1961; his wife Mary Jo served in this role from 1966 until 1979.

1 John E.Cleber, ed., “Gheens, Charles Edwin,” in The Encyclopedia of Louisville (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000) 340.

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