by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University opened its doors on Friday, Oct. 3, to celebrate the dedication of the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies (CBTS). After 10 years of planning and decision-making, the CBTS now houses the University’s Bible department and The Cove, an academic enrichment center that caters to students’ educational needs.
The CBTS was intentionally designed to draw on natural light with stained glass windows that stretch from the base to the top of the building. “I am the light of the world,” a direct quote of Jesus from John 8:12, serves as the interior theme.
“We worked hard to make use for various expressions of art to communicate that message,” says Bob Rohm, vice president of Christian ministries. “This includes the massive black granite sculpture just outside the building, as well as a ceramic tile collage of the world, etched glass in hallway windows, the Biblical Heritage Gallery and an outstanding painting that graces the second level of the atrium.”
A major step forward for Cedarville University, the CBTS demonstrates the school’s deep-rooted commitment to the authority of God’s Word.
The dedication ceremony focused on utilizing the building to honor God. The Concert Chorale sang “Light of the World” on the building’s grand staircase, and the keynote address was given in the atrium.
The University’s president, Dr. Bill Brown, said, “Dedicating this building to God means we are asking God to use this building, not only as a place where the Word of God is taught, but where everyone who walks through its doors will be touched by the reality that He has spoken and wants us to listen.”
Dr. David Jeremiah, a 1963 alumnus of Cedarville and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif., gave the dedication address. “The Bible is very clear about the power of the Word of God,” he said. “This building represents that power.” He concluded by asking, “Is there anything we have greater than the Bible? Is there anything greater than training young men and women and equipping them with the light of the world?”
The dedication took place during the University’s homecoming weekend, where more than 1,000 alumni were welcomed on campus.