Pineville, LA. … The Louisiana College Board of Trustees received a donation check for $1 million on Tuesday, December 14th during the regular December Board of Trustee’s meeting. The funds were given by an anonymous foundation that supports the mission of the college. The foundation designated that the money be used to create a School of Divinity at Louisiana College. The name of the school is The Caskey School of Divinity, after a Southern Baptist minister who tirelessly worked and evangelized in Louisiana.
“We are humbled by this incredible donation to Louisiana College,” said Dr. Joe Aguillard, President of Louisiana College. “Having a School of Divinity fits perfectly into the mission of LC, and will compliment the strong Christian Studies undergraduate program we currently have.” The founding Dean for the Caskey School of Divinity is Dr. Charles Quarles, who is currently the Vice President of Integration of Faith and Learning and Professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College.
Quarles explained the purpose of the Divinity School, “Louisiana College will establish a Divinity School that will train coming generations of Christian leaders:
1) To correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15)
2) To preach the word (2 Tim 4:2)
3) To emphasize the great truths of the Christian faith in their preaching and teaching
(1 Tim 4:16)
4) To share the gospel passionately with the lost (2 Tim 4:5)
5) To model outstanding Christian character (1 Tim 3).
“The task before us is to prepare, organize and build a program for students who love the Lord and the ministry and want to continue in their education,” Aguillard said. “We are designing a program that will be unique, in that, it will focus on the different needs of students. Many pastors are bi-vocational and require classes offered in the evenings, weekends, over holidays and also many desire an on-line component.”
The next step is for LC to submit information to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for approval. Louisiana College currently has a level three academic standing. This allows an institution of higher education to confer graduate degrees. The Master of Arts in Teaching, the first Master’s program at LC, began in the summer of 2008. The tentative start date to accept students into the Master of Arts program in the Caskey School of Divinity is August 2011.
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