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  • My Giving Story: J.J. Yates

    June 7, 2016

    My Giving Story: J.J. Yates

    J.J. Yates ’50 has never asked for anything, not even a dime. Despite humble beginnings, he sought to create his own path and future with the hopes to share what he had with others someday.

    When Yates was 20 years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II and was stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Continue Reading ➜

  • A faithful pursuit

    March 29, 2016

    A faithful pursuit

    Following a calling may require a leap of faith. But for Palmer Cantler of Johnson City, Tennessee, the path was clear.

    It all started before Cantler entered the 7th grade. A simple poster at a summer youth conference stopped her in her tracks. “So you want to go into ministry?” it read.

    Even as a teen, Cantler felt a call she couldn’t deny. Guided by the support of her home church and ministers who mentored her along the way, she graduated from Wofford College and made her way to Duke. Continue Reading ➜

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