Evert Legacy Impacts Generations

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1, ESV.

Photo of Paul EvertA legacy that not only impacts others, but also inspires future generations is a noble goal for those with the vision, commitment and conviction to use their gifts for God’s glory. When prominent local businessman Paul Evert went to be with the Lord in May 2021, a deep void was felt not only by his family and close friends, but indeed by the Fresno Pacific University community as well—a community that continues to benefit greatly from the family’s legacy of service and generosity.

Owners of Paul Evert’s RV Country, launched in 1977 following other successful business endeavors, Paul and Sherri Evert were compelled to invest in the vison of FPU. They had the conviction and courage to not only invest in the Central Valley through their business endeavors, but to invest in a multitude of ways in FPU. They did so in a most personal way, assisting the FPU Foundation in gaining maximum value for donated vehicles and RVs while opening their home to the Advancement Office team on several occasions for planning meetings as well as rejuvenating staff retreats. Mark Deffenbacher, former vice president of advancement and executive director of the FPU Foundation and now senior foundation advisor, had the privilege of stewarding a growing partnership between the Everts and the university. Sherri Evert also enjoyed serving on FPU’s Board of Directors from 2005-2010.


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The son of a Mennonite immigrant and Bible professor who migrated from the Kuban region of Russia in 1919, Paul was convinced of the value of higher Christian education and the FPU emphasis on Christian community that impacted the larger Central Valley in such positive and transformational ways. The Everts’ passion for FPU’s vision was also exhibited by their personal and financial support of many projects through the decades, from the Haak Tennis Courts Complex to the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, where the snack shop will be named Paul’s Place in his honor. In the future, through the Everts’ careful estate planning, additional resources will further the vision of FPU for years to come.

RV CountryThe university community is truly grateful for the legacy and generosity of Paul and Sherri Evert and remembers Paul with appreciation and fondness while embracing ongoing meaningful connection with Sherri. It is fitting then that much meaningful connection and conversation will continue at Paul’s Place within the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center for years to come. Thank you, Paul & Sherri Evert, for your faithful friendship and generosity toward Fresno Pacific University.

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