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Southern Baptists of Texas donation supports Glorieta revitalization


GLORIETTA, N.M. (BP) - Thanks to a $250,000 gift from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, the LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center will receive a boost in its revitalization efforts.

On Dec. 3, SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards presented LifeWay President James T. Draper Jr. with a check to fund renovations of Glorieta's aging Yucca Lodge. The summer staff residence facility will be converted to youth housing, with an increase from 60 to 176 beds. Work should be completed by March.

LifeWay will rename the facility Cottonwood Lodge.

Glorieta is located near Santa Fe, N.M., and is one of two Christian conference centers owned and operated by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. The other is in Ridgecrest, N.C.

At its fall meeting, LifeWay's board of trustees approved spending $27 million throughout the next four years to update and enhance the facilities at both LifeWay conference centers. The money supports new hotels and other construction on both campuses as well as the demolition of outdated buildings, but gifts like that from the SBTC allow LifeWay to do even more.