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Criswell College officially separates


DALLAS (BP) — Criswell College marked the beginning of a new era Aug. 1 as the school officially separated from First Baptist Church in Dallas.

W.A. Criswell, a former pastor of the renowned congregation, launched a Bible institute 40 years ago that he said would be “based on conservative evangelical Christianity as practiced in our church” to train leaders for ministry.

“Criswell College operated under the ultimate authority of the members of First Baptist Dallas. This new structure enables the college to expand into new opportunities under an independent board and leadership,” leaders said in a joint release issued at a signing ceremony July 29 in the office of interim president Lamar Cooper.

In 1991, the campus was relocated less than two miles east from the facilities of the church, which remains in downtown Dallas.