Last week, the Nazarene Theological Seminary Board of Trustees met in Kansas City for their fall meeting, during which they addressed the issue of relocation. The discussion ended with a unanimously positive vote, full of great emotion, to “bring to conclusion the discussion of the relocation of NTS, committing to 1700 East Meyer Blvd (Kansas City, Missouri) as our central campus.”
After the vote, Dr. Sam Vassel, Senior Pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene stated, “I am deeply moved that the Seminary would make a commitment to remaining in the city.”
Last fall during the time of Presidential transition, there was discussion about the Seminary relocating to the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) in Nashville, Tennessee. This offer from TNU prompted a larger discussion about relocation that has been ongoing over the past year.
“We are thankful to God for his provision over the past several months,” shared Dr. Jeren Rowell, Chair of the NTS Board of Trustees. “As a Board, we felt that we must do our due diligence in investigating location changes in light of both the Trevecca proposal and the Presidential transition. However, given all the ways in which God has more than provided for NTS since the election of Dr. Sunberg as President, it has become clear to us that relocating is not in the best interest of the Seminary, nor is it financially necessary or viable.”
NTS is committed to keeping its current location in Kansas City as the central campus, and to strengthening relationships and partnerships with other nearby organizations. “We are committed to not just being here in this neighborhood,” shared NTS president Dr. Carla Sunberg, “but also to making a difference in this neighborhood; the opportunities for doing so are numerous.”
“And we want to be sure that current and future students know that we plan to be here in our current location in Kansas City for many years to come,” continued Sunberg. “Here on our KC campus, our students, staff and faculty share a unique community where education and training for ministry are integrated with faith and everyday life. Even in the midst of our studies, we worship God together and support one another. And I am incredibly excited to be able to announce that this learning community will remain in Kansas City.”