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Official Press Release Concerning the Relocation of Highland Park Baptist Church
On September 9th, 2012, Highland Park Baptist Church presented a fresh new vision for their future. The church announced their pending relocation to Camp Joy, having been located in the historic Highland Park neighborhood of Chattanooga since 1903. Tennessee Temple University will remain in the Highland Park neighborhood where it serves students from the state of Tennessee, as well as throughout the nation and abroad. With a seventeen percent increase in enrollment this fall, the university is excited about continuing to be an integral part of the Highland Park community. Dr. Steven Echols, President of Tennessee Temple University, notes that TTU is looking forward to the ongoing close partnership with Highland Park Baptist Church as the combined ministry efforts of both institutions will now allow for an expanded geographic presence in the greater Chattanooga area.
1. What is the current state of TTU?
The University has just finished its third year in a row financially in the black. Our financial composite score for reporting to the government is 2.6 on a scale of minus one to positive three. This is an excellent score and is indicative of the financial strength of TTU. Not only is the residential student enrollment up seventeen percent from last fall, but there are fifty-one more students in the dorms than there were this time last year. In addition, a new night program in partnership with Mt. Canaan Baptist Church has brought in thirty-eight new students. Our online enrollment continues to grow. Our Ph.D. program has experienced rapid growth and now has over one hundred students. In addition to all the renovations to the campus in recent months, we accomplished much this summer with painting and other improvements through a program where students received room and board for working on the campus. Two old houses have been taken down and others will soon follow in our efforts to create green space. Many have remarked that the campus looks better now than it has in quite some time. We are in the process of implementing a plan for defining our campus with fencing and attractive gating on Orchard and Bailey and Orchard and Anderson. We have one more step with the city in order to have the necessary agreements to allow this to happen. We will be giving updates on this project later. In sum, the future of TTU is becoming increasingly bright!
2. Will the relocation of Highland Park affect TTU in a negative way?
We do not anticipate any difficulties for TTU with the relocation of the church. The leadership of the church felt that this was the best course for them to impact the Chattanooga community with the Gospel of Christ. For TTU, the location we serve in is ideal for making an impact in an urban environment. The infrastructure that the school has at its current location should serve TTU well for many years to come.
3. What is the future vision for TTU?
We believe that TTU exists to provide Christ-centered higher education that transforms lives for the glory of God. Our core values are Spiritual Transformation, Biblical Authority, Characteristic Excellence, Kingdom Diversity, and Servant Leadership. At TTU, we are training to transform. We desire to see lives changed. We are here to serve. Last year TTU students performed over 24,000 hours of ministry. Just recently, (Saturday, September 8) sixty-five TTU students worked in the Highland Park clean-up day. This project is just one example of how we intend to serve our community in the name of Christ. We rejoice that we will continue to see ministry take place in our present setting through TTU, while Highland Park Baptist Church will expand the work of the Kingdom through its new location.
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