Beacon University Becomes a Seminary

Dec. 11, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WXTX) -- Beacon University will not close completely after all.   Officials say it will change its mission, to become a seminary.

In a statement released Thursday, President Dr. Ian Bond announced four graduate-level programs will continue after all undergraduate programs end next July. Those programs are: Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.

The revamped Beacon Seminary also will add a new one-year diploma in Biblical Studies.   All courses will be offered at Beacon's Veterans Parkway campus and online. More details are promised at a news conference next Tuesday.

Beacon announced in June it would close due to a lack of funds. A fact sheet from the university indicates it currently has 137 students from eight countries.