DTS-Houston Leadership Changes, New Degrees, and Campus Expansion Plans
The following are several updates and announcements about the DTS-Houston campus from Dr. Mark Bailey, president of DTS.
Dr. David Klingler Stepping Down as Executive Director
Dr. David Klingler has notified us that he will be stepping down as the Executive Director of DTS-Houston. We are grateful for Dr. Klingler’s service over the last couple of years and appreciate his love for Houston, DTS, and his students. In fact, it is his love for students and the classroom that has led him to make this decision. His desire is to concentrate on his teaching, and all of us who were called and trained to teach certainly understand and can honor that decision. You will still find him in the classroom teaching Hebrew and Bible courses as his schedule allows. Please wish him well and pray for him as he makes this transition, and stay tuned for some future announcements concerning the leadership of DTS-Houston.
Dr. Bill Blocker Appointed President of College of Biblical Studies
We would also like to congratulate the College of Biblical Studies on the recent appointment of Dr. Bill Blocker as their next president. Prior to his appointment at CBS, Dr. Blocker was a vice president at Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Blocker is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and is excited to be in Houston to work with all our friends at CBS. We are also looking forward to working closely with Dr. Blocker in the days ahead as we continue to partner with CBS to impact the graduate levels of theological education in Houston. If you are across the street in the library, or interfacing with CBS staff at school or in the churches, be sure to congratulate them on this recent appointment. Praise God for His provision, and go CBS!
Houston Campus Renovation and Expansion
If you are on the DTS-Houston campus in the next few weeks you will notice large machinery, work crews, and dust! The reason for this is because construction/renovation is now taking place that will provide us an additional four thousand feet of additional classroom, common space, and restrooms! A gracious group of donors, who are special friends to both CBS and DTS, provided the necessary funding for the project. This gift was critical to DTS due to our continued growth and development. This is indeed a blessing from the Lord, and allows us to sign a multi-year lease in our current facilities and continue the long history of partnership with the College of Biblical Studies.
New Degree Offerings for Houston Students
As we continue to develop the long-term plan for DTS-Houston, we are excited to take several steps forward. As you know, over the last year we have been able to receive approval for several new degrees at DTS-Houston: the M.A./CM (Cross-cultural Ministries), M.A./CL (Christian Leadership), and the Doctor of Ministry (Multicultural Ministry). We are also seeking approval to offer the M.A./BC (Biblical Counseling) in Houston.
Houston Library Expansion Plans and Scholarship Increases
Along with programs come other academic needs. We are therefore taking steps to develop an adequate theological library—with a long-term goal of having a 20K-volume, graduate-level holding. This is in addition to the increase of electronic books and journals now accessible through the web. As the student body grows, so also must scholarships. We are currently raising additional funds for financial aid to assist you and help make the journey of theological education more affordable.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, these are exciting times. Please pray for these initiatives. Please pray that the Lord will be honored through these decisions and days of growth. We thank you in advance for your patience, prayers, and encouragement. Our desire is to provide you with training that will equip you for a lifetime of service for our Lord and Savior. To our great and gracious God be the glory!
In His service,
Mark L. Bailey
Professor of Bible Exposition
Dallas Theological Seminary