The Seminary began offering classes in 1972 with four professors and 28 students in the facilities of Olivet Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas.
In 1975, the Seminary negotiated the purchase of the Reformed Jewish Temple and Hebrew School located in Memphis, Tennessee. The purchase of the Temple and Hebrew School was finalized in August 1976, and the Seminary moved into the new debt-free facilities in October 1976. In 1982, the Seminary purchased the adjoining property at 1257 Poplar, which housed the Ora Byram Allison Memorial Library and an administration building. This was the Seminary’s home for the next eighteen years.
From the beginning of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, the administration and faculty have desired to establish a branch campus in the northeastern part of the United States. Beginning in1983, the Seminary actively pursued this dream.
In 1987 the Board of Regents of the State of New York approved Mid-America's Master of Divinity degree program. The Seminary purchased ten acres in the heart of the Capital District in the State of New York in February 1988, constructed a 15,000 square foot building, and started classes in the fall of 1989. The focus of the Northeast Branch is to train pastors for evangelism and planting Southern Baptist churches throughout this heavily populated and strategic area of North America. In 2019, Mid-America transitioned to a global initiative offering only online classes in the northeast under the mentored online virtual education (MOVE) concept.
In 1994, a donor orchestrated the availability of an eight-acre campus in Germantown, Tennessee. The Seminary renovated the facilities and in January 1996 moved to the new campus debt free. The move to the Germantown campus allowed the Seminary to expand its course offerings into the evenings and provide more opportunities for the wives of students to enroll in classes and be involved in Seminary life.
In 1996, a group of concerned and committed men formed the Mid-America Student Housing Foundation for the purpose of providing student housing. A dear friend of the Seminary donated thirty-two acres in Olive Branch, Mississippi, for housing only twenty minutes from the Seminary. The first one hundred units of student housing opened in August 1998.
During the fall of 2003, our neighbor in Germantown, Methodist Hospital, contacted Dr. Spradlin and the board of trustees with an offer to purchase the Germantown campus. In December 2003, the sale was completed, and the search began for a suitable location to build a new campus. In the summer of 2004, the search ended. On June 6, 2004, Bellevue Baptist Church voted to give Mid-America 35 acres of land with Interstate 40 frontage on Appling Road! We purchased an additional 16 acres adjoining this property in order to co-locate student housing with the main campus.
Construction was completed in the summer of 2006, and classes began that fall. God is so good to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Whether in Tennessee or in New York, our donors are the backbone of our institution and God is using them in a miraculous way to provide training to ministers called of God to share the light of Christ all over North America and the world.
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