HOUSTON, Texas (SWBTS) – After a thorough assessment of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus, administrators feel blessed that God spared the facilities from extensive damage by Hurricane Ike. Although some flooding was found in the sanctuary and choir room used by Park Place Baptist Church, which resides on the seminary campus, facilities used for the theological school were unharmed.
“As far as our classrooms and our library, we’re in good shape,” said Denny Autrey, dean of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies. “We just don’t have any power.” With power outages affecting more than 1.8 million people in the Houston area, estimates on when the campus would receive electricity were not yet available.
Classes have been cancelled for Sept. 15-19, and once power has been restored, a decision will be made on classes resuming. Autrey noted that all students and faculty had been contacted and reported that they were safe.
Dr. Mack Jones, adjunct professor at the Havard School and pastor of Wooster Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, is leading disaster relief efforts in his community. Wooster Baptist Church has opened its doors as a point of distribution for FEMA operations in Baytown, which experienced widespread destruction from the hurricane.
About Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern Seminary celebrates its centennial in 2008. Since its founding, the seminary has trained and sent out over 40,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University. It was moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910 and was placed under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. Paige Patterson was elected as the eighth president of the seminary in 2003.
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Dr. Thomas White, Vice President for Student Services and Communications
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
817.923.1921 ext. 7300