Dallas, TX—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)—April 16, 2003–Hispanic Baptist Theological School in San Antonio has moved one step closer to a name change and has received initial approval for a potential campus relocation.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Education Coordinating Board, meeting April 14-15 in Abilene, affirmed proposals to change the name of the school to Baptist University of the Americas and to move toward purchasing land across I-35 from the current south San Antonio campus.
The coordinating board voted unanimously to recommend a charter change for the school, changing its name to Baptist University of the Americas. The charter change still requires approval by the Baptist General Convention of Texas at its annual session in Lubbock, Nov. 10-11.
Albert Reyes, president of Hispanic Baptist Theological School, reiterated the rationale for the name change. The word “Baptist” is included to reflect the school’s commitment to theological distinctives. The phrase “of the Americas” identifies the school with missions beyond Texas, expressing affinity with all the people of Latin America.
The school’s trustees chose the word “university” rather than “college” because the Spanish translations of the two terms carry different connotations than they do in English.
The name is both “contextually and missiologically” appropriate, he emphasized. The school wants to provide an equipping platform for students who will serve in missions and ministry internationally.
The Christian Education Coordinating Board also unanimously granted permission to Hispanic Baptist Theological School to incur up to $4.5 million debt for a land purchase across the freeway from its existing campus. Approval for incurring the debt is contingent upon the school being able to fund the down payment and closing costs of about $1.3 million.
The land proposed for purchase provides adequate room for future growth. And since it has easy pedestrian access to the existing campus by way of an elevated walkway, it would allow a complete transition to the new site to be phased in over a period of years, Reyes said.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted Jan. 30 to give Hispanic Baptist Theological School a certificate of authority to grant degrees. That board holds state authority to approve the granting of degrees by private postsecondary educational institutions.
Hispanic Baptist Theological School has achieved candidate status with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, the major accrediting agency of Bible colleges in the United States.
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