Cedarville University Welcomes Southern Baptist Partners

by Public Relations Office

CEDARVILLE, OHIO-Cedarville University officials are welcoming the endorsement of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. The Baptist Press (BP) reports that the convention agreed to partner with Cedarville University during the 2002 annual session of the state convention meeting. Representatives from Southern Baptist churches across the state overwhelmingly passed a resolution to recommend Cedarville to all "Southern Baptists as an accredited, quality, four-year university that embraces Southern Baptists." Dr. Paul Dixon, president of Cedarville University, voiced excitement for a "growing relationship with Southern Baptists. This partnership represents a great opportunity for us to extend our commitment to our mission, our view of the Kingdom, our allegiance to the Great Commission, and our vision for the institution," Dixon said. "Partnering with Southern Baptist churches will aid us in accomplishing our mission of providing an education consistent with biblical truth," Dixon explained. "Our commitment to the inerrant Word of God is clear and unequivocal," he said. "Many thousands of Southern Baptist young people who are seeking an institution where they can receive a quality education in a thoroughly Christian environment, heretofore unaware of or unfamiliar with Cedarville University, will now be exposed to that opportunity." "This partnership is also an opportunity for us to be consistent with our oft-repeated view that 'God is not pleased with a narrow view of the Kingdom,'" he continued. "We aim to serve the broader constituency of conservative Christian young people, their parents, and their churches. Certainly, those who attend the hundreds of Southern Baptist churches in Ohio and the thousands of Southern Baptist churches across the country are a part of that broader constituency. "We have many Southern Baptist young people in our student body and some of our key trustees are Southern Baptist pastors or laymen," Dixon said. "Some of our alumni attend and pastor Southern Baptist churches. A number of our administrators, faculty, and staff attend Southern Baptist churches in our part of Ohio. "The partnership is also a means for Cedarville University to extend its role in carrying out the Great Commission. Spreading the gospel around the world is one of the areas of Christendom where Southern Baptists have been most active," Dixon said. "Providing a quality educational experience for prospective leaders of the 21st century church, including future ministers, missionaries, and others intent on vocational Christian ministries as well as avocational involvement with their churches, is the foremost of Cedarville's strengths. This strength, in partnership with the SBC, has enormous potential for the future of the gospel, both here and abroad," he said. "Finally, this partnership is in perfect alignment with our vision for the future," said Dixon. "Our vision is that Cedarville University will be the higher education institution of choice for conservative Christian young people and their parents. Partnering with the SBC is one of the ways that we hope to make that vision a reality," he concluded. The Baptist Press report cites Cedarville University as one of the top feeder schools for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. It also quotes Paige Patterson, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and former president of the national Southern Baptist Convention as describing Cedarville as "one of the finest Christian liberal arts universities in the country." To read the complete Baptist Press report, visit http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=14969. Cedarville University was founded in 1887 with the credo "For the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ." Located in Cedarville, near Dayton, the university has approximately 3,000 students in more than 100 areas of study. Established by Presbyterians, administrative responsibility of the institution was transferred in 1953 to a group of Baptists looking to expand the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland. The University is independent, but holds to an historically baptistic doctrinal statement. It has a long-standing relationship with another national Baptist group, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Cedarville's largest departments are business administration, education, science and mathematics, engineering, Bible, and nursing. -CEDARVILLE-