Texas Baptist College is the new name of the undergraduate school of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
President Adam W. Greenway announced the change just days before the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting and told messengers Wednesday (June 16) during his report that it was “one of the most exciting developments” at the seminary over the past year.
Greenway said he had been asked by some what the “real reason” was for the name change, with questioners implying the change was part of some “nefarious political scheme … by this group or that group.”
“I want you messengers to know, I’ll tell you exactly why we did it — because I was sick and tired of hearing from people who said, ‘You know, I Google searched for Baptist colleges in Texas, and I can’t find yours,’” he said.
Help for students
Greenway said the name change is meant to help “everyone who is looking for a distinctive, Scripture-driven, Christ-centered, student-focused, undergraduate education to know that Texas Baptist College is a school for you.”
He noted that he wants Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College to run toward and embrace Baptist distinctives and identity “because we believe being Baptist means something valuable, and we’re thankful for the support that comes to us from the Great Commission Baptist family.”
During an earlier part of the annual meeting, a messenger made a motion to strike part of Southwestern’s report dealing with Paige Patterson (found on pages 176-178 in the Book of Reports). The motion was ruled out of order.