|Source: Baptist Standard|
In just over a year after launching, Jesse C. Fletcher Seminary received major financial backing from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation.
The San Antonio based seminary was organized by supporters of Logsdon Theological Seminary who were interested in creating a new seminary at Baptist Temple in San Antonio, Texas after Hardin-Simmons University trustees, where Logsdon Seminary is housed, recommended closing the seminary due to a $4 million deficit, making the graduate program in theology financially unsustainable.
Don Williford, Founding President of Fletcher Seminary and Dean of Logsdon Seminary from 2011 to 2017, said, “The Baugh Foundation’s generosity will help us launch with a strong footing, and put us on a good path to meeting the challenges of theological education in the 21st century.”
“We place a high value on creative, inclusive and generous partnerships with a variety of like-minded organizations, and the Baugh Foundation clearly shares those values with Fletcher. We look forward to a fruitful and productive partnership for years to come.”
Seminary leaders characterized the grant as a major lead gift that will provide financial stability for the school’s start-up phase.
Named after the 14th president of Hardin-Simmons University, Fletcher Seminary is expected to begin classes in the Fall of 2022. Seeing themselves as the heirs of Logsdon Seminary’s legacy, the school’s website states, “Fletcher Seminary is founded by former administrators, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the former Logsdon Seminary in Abilene…With more than 200-plus years of experience in theological education, we are uniquely qualified to continue that legacy of academic excellence and providing preparation and training for the ministry in the church and in the community and culture.”
Saying it “aspires to stand apart from other seminaries in south Texas,” Fletcher Seminary identifies itself as “fully ecumenical” and “committed to innovation in theological education.” It has set a goal of being “the most practically driven seminary in Texas,” and it has pledged to be “flexible in class delivery, offering hybrid model classes. ”The new seminary will join four other graduate level theological schools in Texas affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Source: Baptist Standard