Bible College Merger

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  1. swaimj

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    I got an alumni letter from Piedmont Baptist College yesterday which informed me that the school, as of May 31, 2004, has merged with Spurgeon Baptist Bible College. The merged school will continue as Piedmont Baptist College and will be located on Piedmont's present campus in Winston-Salem, NC. Documents announcing this action can be read at www.spurgeon.edu.
     
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    Have visited both schools (actually considered teaching at Spurgeon in Florida) and am excited to hear of a merger.

    Thought: Spurgeon is a "bible" college (everyone takes 30-36 credits for a bible major as well as another major). Piedmont WAS but 20+ years ago dropped the required bible major.

    What will be the policy now?
     
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    I graduated from Piedmont less than 20 years ago and the bible major was still in effect at that time. If it has been dropped, I'm not aware of it, but I confess that I am not up on the school's current academic programs. When I attended, the pastoral program was a Th.B. and it was a five year program. With Liberty growing by leaps and bounds and not too far away, that was a non-competitive situation for the school, so the 5-year Th.B. was dropped sometime in the early 90s. However, the school added an MA for guys who wanted the extra schooling. Might as well get a degree if you have to do the extra work, right?!?

    Piedmont is an excellent school. They've had little turnover in administration or faculty over the years. They have avoided the extremes of the super-church mentality and easy-believism, extreme calvinism, and KJVOnlyism. The faculty and academics are first-class with MANY professors who hold doctorates in their field. It sounds like the merger will increase the student body and provide a comfort level in their finances that the school has not enjoyed since the 60s. I praise the Lord for it!
     
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    They dropped "bible" from the name and that usually means subbing in a "bible core" but then reguiring professional major/minor rather than a bible major.

    I'm not sure about Piedmont either.
     
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    Dr. Bob, that's what you said on another thread about PENSACOLA!!! If you can say that about them, Piedmont should give you no problems at all!!! [​IMG]
     
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    With many non-denominational churchs and schools using "Bible" in their name, PBC changed their name from Piedmont Bible College to Piedmont Baptist College in order to make sure people knew that they are a independent Baptist Bible college.

    It's a small world...

    I used to live on Franklin Street when I was in 1st grade, back in 1982. My father was the head of maintenance at the college, my grandfather worked with him and my mother worked in the college cafeteria. Both my aunt and uncle graduated from PBC. Dr. Howard Wilburn's wife was my 7th grade English teacher. One of my cousins is currently attending Piedmont.
     
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    I started PBC in '82 so I'm pretty sure I remember your father and g-father. If you went to AWANA at Salem Baptist, I might have seen you there also. God Bless!
     
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    It was HARD to say that with a straight face about PCC. Not hard at all to say it about PBC. Knew Drake and Don Nelson who taught there back about your time.
     
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    Did you know Greg Fletcher, or Brenda Peck?
     
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    I remember Brenda Peck and the name Greg Fletcher seems familiar but I can't place the face. I'll check out a yearbook & I'm sure I will remember.
     
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    Brenda Peck is now Brenda Fletcher, Uncle Greg and Aunt Brenda are currently serving as missionaries in Australia. [​IMG]
     

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