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Golden Gate’s Rocky Mountain Campus gets full accreditation

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has received approval from its primary accrediting body to offer full degrees at the seminary’s Rocky Mountain Campus in Centennial, Colo. This completes the process of receiving accreditation approval for all five of Golden Gate Seminary’s campuses located throughout the West.

“This is very significant in the history of Golden Gate Seminary. There is no other seminary in the United States or Canada that has this kind of approval in as many places,” said William O. Crews, chancellor of Golden Gate. “It is a testament to the way ministry must be done in the West — contextually educating students in their environment.”

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools notified Golden Gate officials of its decision Feb. 10. The seminary plans to offer the full master of divinity and master of arts in theological studies at the Rocky Mountain Campus

“We have waited for this day since the early ’90s when the vision was first cast to have a Southern Baptist seminary in Colorado to train pastors for Colorado,” said Steve Veteto, director of the Denver-area campus. “We feel that this is confirmation of God’s provision and plan for equipping leaders for the churches of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.”

Instrumental to the seminary’s growth and development in Colorado, seminary officials said, has been Mark Edlund, executive director of the Colorado Baptist General Convention.

“God has given the CBGC a vision of being a part of a church planting movement that will totally saturate our state with the Gospel. A major key to the achievement of this vision is quality leadership development,” Edlund said. “This leadership training must be accomplished locally as the majority of our present and future leaders are bivocational.

“These men and women will never have the opportunity to receive training at one of our six residential campuses,” Edlund added. “Thus a local campus is a necessity. The presence of the now fully accredited RMC in our state is perhaps God’s greatest affirmation of the vision and direction He has given us. We are forever thankful that Golden Gate has given us the opportunity to have our own quality seminary right here in the Rocky Mountains.”

The Rocky Mountain Campus currently has three fulltime professors and 58 students enrolled in the spring term.

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and operates five campuses, located in Northern California, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Colorado.

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