FORT WORTH, Texas— “The Texas Baptist College (TBC) exists to glorify God by providing trusted Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service.”
The undergraduate school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is now “Texas Baptist College,” President Adam W. Greenway announced in June.
“Texas Baptist College will be a tremendous educational enterprise that will enrich the lives of its students and impact our world through their service,” said Greenway. “I think few of the changes we’ve implemented in recent years at Southwestern Seminary have as wide a potential as our college’s new name, vision and leadership.”
In addition to its new name, which was approved by the seminary board at its spring meeting as part of other bylaw changes, TBC also has a new vision statement and three main features: ”and “Student-oriented”. These all coincide with the addition of Benjamin M. Skaug to the college faculty as dean, who began his duties on January 1.
Quoting TBC’s new vision statement, Skaug said, “Texas Baptist College exists to glorify God by providing trusted Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service.
The undergraduate school at Southwestern Seminary was first launched in 2005 as College at Southwestern. In 2017, it was renamed LR Scarborough College, in honor of the seminary’s second president. Four years later, the school now has a name that Greenway says more clearly sums up “who we are and what sets us apart as a higher education institution.”
Noting that every word in the new name is meaningful, Greenway explained, first, that TBC is located in Fort Worth, Texas, “is part of a large Metroplex area that is rich in learning, recreational and recreational opportunities. , culture, diversity, and for ministry in this great state called Texas.
Second, TBC is “shameless, unabashedly committed to the truths of Biblical orthodoxy that have been faithfully held by Baptists through the tunnel of time. We make no apologies for our commitment to Baptist specificities and to a vision of a Christ-centered education that is tied to the richness of a heritage of faith that has long preceded us.
Finally, as a college, TBC is “committed to undergraduate training delivered with the highest level of academic excellence, but with a commitment to real-world training, giving you the skills you not only need. to pursue a job, but to fulfill your vocation. “
Greenway noted that changing the name to “LR Scarborough College” is not intended to ignore Scarborough’s legacy, but rather to continue Scarborough’s emphasis on Baptist education in Texas.
“LR Scarborough, among other things, was a prominent Texas Baptist,” said Greenway, “one who is committed to achieving this state with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to perpetuating the best of our identities and our Baptist peculiarities. We believe, in many ways, that the broader name of Texas Baptist College allows us to continue to emphasize the legacy of LR Scarborough alongside that of our founder, BH Carroll, and so many others. who are committed to a vision of formation and education called God of men and women for all vocations wherever they can serve, but especially here in the great state of Texas.
On the first hallmark of the school – “Christ-centered” – Greenway explained that “the purpose, the direction, the focus of everything we do” is, “How does that help? connect students to the person and work of Jesus Christ? “
“He is the hero of the story of redemption,” said Greenway. “He is the one in whom we find our life and our meaning. And He is the source of all true knowledge and all authentic education.
The second distinguishing feature, “driven by the scriptures,” means the Bible is the “sufficient and authoritative textbook for every class here at Texas Baptist College,” Greenway said. “We are a text-driven institution. “
Regarding TBC’s latest accolade – “student-focused” – Greenway said, “Ultimately, no college or university can exist apart from those who come to study there, the students. Students are the key element for us at Texas Baptist College, and everything we do in terms of the classroom, the campus experience, the instruction, everything that goes on is really designed to focus on the students – by equipping the students who come to us and then helping to deploy them well wherever they can serve.
Skaug concluded, “If God calls you here, we want you here. And we want to form you, pour into you, and we want to see your life change so that you come out into the world and do exactly for the glory of God what Jesus Christ calls you to do.
“Come to Texas Baptist College today and see your life change.”
To learn more about Texas Baptist College, including its various degree offerings, visit TexasBaptist.com.