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SBTC gives $200,000 for Midwestern Seminary student center

April 7th, 2017 / By: Keith Collier | Managing Editor / comments

SBTC gives $200,000 for Midwestern Seminary student center

SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards (right) presents Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen with a check as a special gift for the construction of the school's new student center. Photo by Liz Stack

KANSAS CITY—Southern Baptists of Texas Executive Director Jim Richards presented a check for $100,000 to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen during a chapel service, April 4. The amount was the first of a two-part gift designated for the construction of the new Mathena Student Center, which the seminary broke ground on later that day.

The two-story facility, scheduled to be completed in 2018, will house a cafeteria, bookstore and café, recreation areas for family use, a collegiate-sized gymnasium, a walking track, racquetball courts, fitness rooms, conference rooms and staff offices.

The funds, approved by the SBTC executive board in November, were part of a series of grants from reserve funds to help Southern Baptist ministries in Texas and beyond the state. The approved motion granted $100,000 at the groundbreaking service and another $100,000 to be “funded upon the beginning of construction as evidenced by the pouring of the slab.”