Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary which recently announced the sale of their headquarters campus in Mill Valley,California hosted a luncheon for Inland Empire Southern Baptist Pastors. The luncheon was held at Magnolia Church in Riverside and attendees included past or present students of the Seminary. Golden Gate President Jeff Iorg was here to tell those at the luncheon why the Seminary had chosen the Inland Empire as the area for the new headquarters campus.
Dr. Iorg explained that the leadership of the Seminary had done an extensive demographic survey of potential locations for relocating the headquarters campus. They decided to move to the Inland Empire for a variety of reasons including the fact that it is estimated that the Inland Empire will grow by 3.1 million people by the year 2050. Dr. Iorg said that Golden Gate desires to be in the center of where ministry will be increasing the most.
The big question of the day was specifically where the new campus would be located. Dr. Iorg said that he was not yet in a position to share that information since negotiations were still ongoing. He did say that initially they had a list of forty (40) sites to consider. From that list, they have narrowed the choices down to a select few. He did share that an announcement regarding the new location should be forthcoming by mid-August.
Plans call for the new campus to be fully operational by 2016. Dr. Iorg said that some departments of the Seminary will move south over the next two years. According to Dr. Iorg there has been a great deal of thought and consideration given and still is regarding this monumental relocation of Golden Gate Seminary. “Golden Gate Seminary is focused on preparing people for the ministry” said Dr. Iorg.
Dr. Iorg feels that the relocation to the Inland Empire will also be a big positive for the Inland Empire Southern Baptist Association by providing new academic strength to the churches in the Association. "There will also be new educational possibilities for lay people who desire to learn more about the Lord" said Dr. Iorg. Deryl Lackey, Director of Missions for the I.E.S.B.A. said “we are excited by Golden Gate’s decision to relocate to the Inland Empire and are looking forward to partnering with them in kingdom work.”
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