The first building to be constructed on the campus, Payton Hall bears the name of Grace Payton Fuller, wife of seminary founder Charles E. Fuller. When it opened for classes in the fall of 1953, it initially served as an administration building, classroom, and cafeteria for the seminary, and for decades, graduating students have taken photos on the steps under its iconic arches. The building’s largest room, Payton 101, has housed a vast number of lectures and classes (allegedly including the controversial MC510:Signs and Wonders classes in the 1980s), commencements, chapel, art shows, concerts, and more.
“In June 2012, the 50th anniversary of my graduation, I stood on the steps of the Payton building at the exact spot where, 50 years before, our class of ’62 had all stood in caps and gowns with Charles E. Fuller and the Fuller Seminary faculty for our graduation photo. My wife, Renske, and I were in Southern California visiting family and friends, and I had spent that morning at the seminary exploring the latest developments on campus and reminiscing about the ‘good old days.’ It hardly seemed possible that I had first set foot on Fuller’s campus almost 53 years before. I first heard of Charles E. Fuller when I was a boy. My grandmother, Tille VanderBerg, used to listen to his Old Fashioned Revival Hour radio program on Sunday afternoons. I remember singing ‘Heavenly Sunshine’ along with the broadcast audience and hearing Mrs. Fuller read letters from listeners around the country. The broadcast initiated in California, which to me in those days seemed like someplace on the other side of the world. Little did I dream then that just 14 years later, I would become a student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California—a school founded by, and named for, Charles E. Fuller.”
—Wendell (BD ’62)
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