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Welcome to the Alumni Center of Temple Baptist Seminary. This site is used to share with our alumni and friends information about the Seminary and our graduates. Please send us a picture and information about your ministry, which we can share at this site to inform and encourage your fellow alumni.

The Seminary has established a placement service for Seminary alumni. If you are looking for a new place of ministry or you know of a church or a related ministry looking for a pastor or leaders, please send us some information. Send your information to:

Temple Baptist Seminary
1815 Union Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404

The Alumni Bulletin Board

Don't forget to send us an update about your ministry. Are you looking for a place of service? Ask us to include you on our list. Do you know of a ministry opportunity, help us to inform TBS alumni about it?

The accreditation site visit was a tremendous success. Pray for the new students coming next semester.

Alumni Update

Armando S. Torralva
Lieutenant Commander, Chaplain Corps
U.S. Navy

"Greetings from the Naval Air Station - Kingsville, Texas. I came across your website and was surprised to see Chaplain Jay Hartranft. I attended Seminary with him. Jay took the easy way out by joining the Army. Real men join the Navy.

I am serving our Lord as a Navy Chaplain. I have been serving as a Chaplain for 25 years. I graduated from TTU in '76 with a B.A. in history, T.B.S. in '82 with an M.R.E. and in '83 with a B.Div. I have served with the President's Helicopter Squadron ("Marine One" which lands on the south lawn of the White House), surface ships, the submarine community, and as a Supervisory Chaplain to six shore bases in the Mediterranean--from Rota, Spain, to Souda Bay, Greece --- based in Naples, Italy. Presently I am serving as Command Chaplain at the Naval Air Station - Kingsville, Texas. I have had the joy of leading many men and women to Jesus Christ. Some of the people I led to the Lord took place during long deployments to the Persian Gulf.

My wife, Trudi, also graduated from TBS--'82/M.R.E. and has faithfully supported me and helped me in my ministry. The Lord has blessed us with many opportunities to serve Him.

In '96 the Navy selected me for a post graduate program. As a result, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary where I graduated with a Th.M. degree in Christian Education. I am extremely grateful that I received my initial training at Temple. After attending Princeton, I can honestly say that the theological education I received at Temple is far superior. Thank God Temple has stood firm in the Word from its beginning. May it continue to do so."

Vince Estill
Thg., B.R.E., M. Div., Th. M., D. Min.
Pastor - Bible Way Baptist Church, Rossville, GA

It would have to be verified in the records department of TTU, but I believe I may be the only student in the history of the school to attend all three divisions (Bible School, University, and Seminary) and earn five degrees (Thg. [Bible School 3-year diploma], B.R.E., M.Div., Th.M., and D.Min).

Out of High School and after attending the University of Detroit School of Architecture and Structural Engineering for two years, I decided to attend a Christian college for one year. In that year, I thought to myself, if God wants me to build people rather than build buildings, He can let me know. Otherwise, I intended to return to U of D and finish my MBA majoring in Architecture specializing in church design.

In my first semester (Fall, 1978) God spoke to my heart during a Sunday morning worship service. At the invitation, I went forward to commit my life to full-time Christian service. The one year I gave to God at a Christian college turned into 14 years (10 years classroom study with 4 years dissertation research and writing for Th.M and D.Min). I graduated Doctor of Ministry in the spring of 1992.

While still working my way through Seminary, Bible Way Baptist Church in Rossville, GA called me to be their pastor in October, 1987. God has blessed the ministry with prosperity and good success (as Joshua 1:8 describes). But I believe what God is giving to me is facilitated and enhanced through my training and experience at Temple. A debt of gratitude I owe to all my professors and teachers at TTU.

Although I appreciate my undergrad foundation, the education I received at Temple Baptist Seminary is what has set the tone for a solid, conservative, and balanced approach in my ministry. It took a long time, but I didn’t mind, because I love learning. For the glory of God, it was time well spent.

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