A hearty expression of appreciation is due New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley and the trustees of the school for their determination to rebuild the school’s main campus in New Orleans!
A hearty expression of appreciation is due New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley and the
trustees of the school for their determination to rebuild the school’s
main campus in New Orleans!
The school’s campus suffered severe damage during
the hurricanes that blasted that city with wind, then hit it again with
surges of water. At least one estimate is that the school suffered $90
million of damage.
In addition, the lives of the faculty, staff and
students have certainly been disrupted as they suffered the same losses
as the other residents of the hard-hit areas. As the students have been
distracted from school, one would imagine they have dropped out of
school during the recovery.
The school’s buildings were well insured, but
nothing can pay the costs of the agony of the destruction and energy
that will be needed to rebuild the school and the lives of many of
their staff, faculty and students.
The trustees could have voted for the school to walk
away from the New Orleans campus and use insurance money to build anew
at its Decatur, Georgia campus or elsewhere. That might have been the
Chuck Kelley’s determination to continue to build
not just a strong seminary in New Orleans, but find innovative ways to
reach the city with the gospel was shown several years ago when
trustees decided that the school was where God wants it. Chuck Kelley
believes that if the church cannot reach the city of New Orleans, it
will not be able to reach all of the United States. The decision to
remain after the serious damage to the campus reflects that continued,
One must also admire the way the seminary used
creative ways for students to continue their theological educations
through the seminary. The school’s off-site learning centers were
strengthened, classes were provided via the Internet, students
transferred to Decatur, Ga. … The faculty and administration found or
created ways to get the job done.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has been a
tremendous blessing to Louisiana Baptists and to the Baptists of
surrounding states. During this time of incredible challenge, they are
deserving of our prayers and support. Certainly there is an incredible
amount of need among the churches of our state, but we cannot leave the
seminary out of our considerations on what we can do to aid recovery.
God bless you, Chuck Kelley, your staff, faculty and
students for not fleeing difficulty. May Louisiana Baptists be as
strong in our support of the seminary as you have been to remain a
vital part of our state Baptist life.