Waco, Texas (Baylor University) — In its latest move to expand its reach to potential ministerial students and meet the changing needs of congregations, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary will open an extension campus in Austin in January 2014.
Truett will host an open house and information session for prospective students, Austin-area alumni, and church and community leaders from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the extension campus in Oak Creek Plaza, 3107 Oak Creek Drive, in Austin.
“Truett’s commitment to Scripture, theology and the practice of ministry is apparent throughout our curriculum,” said Dennis Tucker, Ph.D., Truett’s associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of Christian Scriptures. “Our faculty members care deeply about the life of the church and the formation of its ministers. For those in ministry and for those preparing for ministry, this should be an exciting opportunity for continued growth.”
The opening of the extension campus follows other recent innovations at Truett, among them the addition of a new joint master’s degree program in ministry and business administration to prepare ministers who increasingly serve not only as spiritual guides, but also as business leaders to plan financial strategies and ensure financial integrity for congregations and nonprofit organizations.
Additionally, a new graduate program with an emphasis in sports chaplaincy was established in 2011 for those who seek to minister in and through sports. And for those who feel called to ministry but do not have the money or time to attend seminary, Truett offers a certificate of ministry program geared to bi-vocational pastors and pastors of small churches.
Classes at the extension campus will begin on Jan. 13, 2014, with a limited number of courses offered during the day on Mondays and on Tuesday evenings. Those teaching in the spring 2014 semester include Roger Olson, Ph.D., Truett professor of Christian theology and holder of the Foy Valentine Professorship in Christian Ethics; John Duncan, pastor of First Baptist Church of Georgetown, Texas, and adjunct professor at Truett; and Collin Bullard, adjunct professor.
Truett, which has more than 300 students enrolled, awarded its 1,000th degree in December.
For more information about Truett or the new program, call (800) 229-5678, option 5, or visit www.baylor.edu/truett/extension