TTU affirmed by The Tennessee Baptist Convention

Dear TTU Family,


At this year’s Tennessee Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, TTU had a booth for the first time in the history of our school. It was a wonderful success resulting in many important contacts and connections being made with Tennessee Baptists. Even more importantly, I am rejoicing over a historic moment for Tennessee Temple University. During the session, the Tennessee Baptist Convention unanimously adopted a resolution of support as follows:




WHEREAS, Tennessee Baptists value a biblical worldview of higher education; and


WHEREAS, Tennessee Temple University has adopted the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as its doctrinal position; and


WHEREAS, Tennessee Temple University is an evangelistic school with a heartbeat for lost souls; and

WHEREAS, Tennessee Temple University has a lifelong Southern Baptist as its president and most of its faculty members are Southern Baptists; and


WHEREAS, Tennessee Temple University is enjoying a season of refreshing that includes the possibility of relocating to a more suitable environment on the property of a Southern Baptist Church;


NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tennessee Baptist Convention, meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 12-13, 2013, affirms the actions of Tennessee Temple University in embracing Southern Baptist doctrine and Tennessee Baptist life.


As many of you may know, Dr. Lee Roberson, founder of the school, was originally a Southern Baptist and had many close relationships with key SBC leaders. During his time of leadership at TTU, a large percentage of the students were Southern Baptists. Many more affiliated with the denomination in the years to follow.

I have been a lifelong Southern Baptist. When I became president at TTU, I was delighted that our trustees and faculty immediately adopted the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as our doctrinal statement. During the vote, my heart was moved with gratitude to God as I looked around and saw a sea of ballots raised in affirmation of TTU and then not one single vote of opposition.

Our mission aligns with the mission of Tennessee Baptists. As we train students for Christian ministry, we join with them in seeking to reach our state, nation, and world for Christ. We are very grateful to Tennessee Baptists and their leaders for this strong affirmation of support. I am excited about the potential of what TTU and Tennessee Baptists can do in working together to build His Kingdom.


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