The Charles Bentall Story
Charles Bentall was born in 1882 in England. He immigrated to Canada at 26 years of age with sixty cents in his pocket. His early accomplishments include the design of the 17 story World Building (at its time the highest office tower in the British Empire) and the dome on the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Charles Bentall joined Dominion Construction Company in 1912, and in less than a decade he became President and majority shareholder of the company. Over the years, Charles Bentall and his sons Clark and Bob would shape and develop the skyline of Vancouver. Dominion Construction signs were prominently displayed at major building sites throughout Canada.
Charles Bentall was a sincere and visionary man of faith whose priority was training a new generation of leaders. His son Howard was a distinguished pastor in Canada. Dominion Construction Company planned and built the original structure for Carey Hall on the UBC campus and Charles Bentall personally opened the new building on June 10, 1960. Charles Bentall died in 1974.
Charles Bentall Chair of Pastoral Studies
The Charles Bentall Chair was established in 1981 for the purpose of ensuring funding for pastoral studies at Carey. The first person to hold the Chair was Dr. Roy Bell. Dr. Bell was Charles Bentall’s pastor when he served at First Baptist Church, Vancouver. Dr. John Zimmerman held the chair from 1986 to 2000. Dr. Barbara Mutch, Academic Dean of Carey, has held the chair since 2001. Her contribution as Charles Bentall Professor combines strong skills in pastoral work, preaching and theological reflection. Dr. Mutch’s leadership has been instrumental in developing the Doctor of Ministry Program and the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation Program. Dr. Mutch has made a significant contribution in encouraging women to enter vocational ministry.
Current Financial Need
The Charles Bentall Chair draws from an endowment fund that is critically depleted. This endowment covers salary and expenses for the person who holds the Chair. An additional $500,000 is needed to sustain the Charles Bentall Chair over the next few decades. An anonymous donor has pledged $210,000 toward the endowment fund with the expectation that Carey’s matching fund campaign will raise the profile attracting new donors to invest in future leaders.
Opportunity to Contribute
All contributions to the Charles Bentall Chair of Pastoral Studies will be gratefully received and acknowledged. Donations can be made through our matching fund campaign or the transfer of assets. Dr. Colin Godwin, President of Carey Theological College, would be pleased to meet individuals or groups and discuss this unique opportunity to double the value of any gift made to the campaign.
Investing in future leaders was the heart of Charles Bentall’s vision. Would you consider an investment in the Charles Bentall legacy at Carey?