From a fledgling
group of Christians that met in a living room, God called forth
Azusa Pacific University. He had a plan. In obedience, His humble
servants fostered the institutions growth for more than
John and Marilyn Duke are two such servants. Their generosity
made possible the construction of the Duke Academic Complex
located on APU's West Campus. But their interest extends
beyond the brick and mortar of the building. The Dukes see their
contribution as a way to further God's Kingdom.
Marilyn Duke, daughter of longtime Azusa Pacific benefactors
Jim and Naomi Wilden, said, "We continue my parents'
legacy because we believe in what APU is doing. The
university produces high-caliber Christian scholars, but it
is the quality of people at APU, with their genuine integrity,
that makes our involvement a sound partnership."
Solid people make solid investments. The Dukes view their investment
in Azusa Pacific as a contribution to a Christian university
and, ultimately, in the Kingdom of God. Carefully weighing their
giving opportunities, the Dukes chose to support APU, primarily
the character of its administrators. "We are impressed
by the leadership at APU," said Marilyn. "The more
we learned about those guiding the university, the more certain
we felt about our decision to give."