Former home for elderly provides scholarship funds for students

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. – What once provided a home for elderly single women will now help to provide financial assistance to students at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The King’s Daughters Home, a facility in Durham, N.C., housed and cared for single women from 1925 until 2006, at which point it closed. The home was no longer useful in its capacity as a home for elderly women, and the King’s Daughters, a non-denominational organization that does service in the name of Christ, put it up for sale.

The local Durham chapter of the King’s Daughters had run the home as the ministry of their chapter, the Sheltering Home Circle chapter. Although it was capable of housing 17 women, there were only three residents when its doors closed in 2006.  When they sold the home, the historic building became The King’s Daughter’s Inn, a 17,000 square foot luxury inn.

Board Members

Charlyn Wohlnick, Charlotte Taylor and Elizabeth High

of Sheltering Home Circle chapter.

After the sale, the local chapter of the King’s Daughters began investing the proceeds of the sale to make an impact “in his name.”

Southeastern Seminary is one such investment. Under the direction of King’s Daughters board members Elizabeth High, Charlyn Wohlnick and Charlotte Taylor, the organization gave $100,000 from the home’s sale to provide scholarship support to North Carolina students.

The seminary, a ministry of the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, provides theological instruction and training for students from around the world. Southeastern seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission, and the funds given by the King’s Daughters will enable more generations of students to glorify the Lord through their education.

“Learning about the work and history of the King’s Daughters has been a great privilege. These ladies are unapologetic about serving in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” said Dennis Darville, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern.

Seeking to serve “in his name”, Darville said, is why the organization chose to support Southeastern and invest in her students.

“In a world of good ministry opportunities, God sent the King’s Daughters our way because we train students who are sent out ‘in his name.’ The impact of their endowed scholarship will literally reach into eternity,” Darville said.

“We praise the Lord for these precious saints and ask God to use their generous investment for the good of all nations and the glory of his name.”

For more information about the inn, please visit For those wishing to learn more about Southeastern Seminary, they can visit, or contact Daniel Palmer at (919) 761-2352 for information on how to also give to the mission of Southeastern.

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