Faith News

New Seminary Building Dedicated and Opened

ANKENY, Iowa—Faith Baptist Bible College announced on Friday, September 15, the dedication of its new seminary building to Dr. Gordon Shipp. The old music building, now known as Shipp Hall, will house all seminary classes and events.

Dr. Gordon Shipp served as president of Faith from 1980–1987. Under his leadership, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary was established in 1986. Dr. Shipp was ascribed four words in the 1984 yearbook dedicated to him—“vigilant, visionary, veritable, and vitality.” Both students and school employees admired and appreciated him during his seven years as president. It was Dr. Shipp’s dream for the seminary to have its own building, but this dream was not fulfilled in his lifetime. Dr. Shipp’s children, Cindy and Steven, along with their families attended the dedication ceremony.

Renovation of the music building began in September of 2016 under the direction of Curt Fincham, head of maintenance at Faith. Construction continued throughout the year, and final details were completed just before the dedication service. Dr. Douglas Brown, dean of the seminary, believes Shipp Hall will be an excellent addition to Faith’s campus.

“Shipp Hall will be a huge benefit to the seminary and to the school,” Dr. Brown commented. “I think first of all, people will find the seminary building is done with excellence. When things are done that excellent, I believe that it glorifies God; that’s the most important thing. I also think it’s going to give the seminary a new identity on campus—a distinct identity.”

Seminary faculty have moved offices to their new locations in Shipp Hall, and seminary classes are scheduled to begin in the new building on Wednesday, September 20.