Renovated Rotunda Fosters Culture of Community

Renovated Rotunda Fosters Culture of Community

BJU Seminary recently renovated its building’s rotunda to be a living and learning space for Seminary students. The completed renovation represents a $397,000 infrastructure investment.

“A culture of community is vital for students today, but the Seminary building lacked an informal gathering place for this essential aspect of student life,” said Alan Benson, BJU vice president for student development and ministry advancement. “By God’s grace, I believe we have made a significant step toward better serving current and future Seminary students with the space He has given us.”

Part of the Seminary building completed in 2000, the rotunda originally showcased letters, sermons and other memorabilia to emphasize world evangelization and remind students of their important calling. The area now has an open floor plan on both floors filled with work and sitting areas.

Prior to the demolition that began in April 2022, the memorabilia was distributed to the Jones family and the BJU Archives, except the “The History of American Evangelism” mural by Jim Brooks which is now stored on campus in the former Museum & Gallery.

“Ultimately our vision is to put 500 pastors on the path to the pulpit in the next 5 years, and every five years after that,” said Neal Cushman, dean of BJU Seminary. “Improving our facilities is just one part of our 5P Plan to accomplish that vision.”

About BJU Seminary

BJU Seminary is a conservative graduate school of theology and ministry in Greenville, South Carolina. Part of Bob Jones University, BJU Seminary features a world-class faculty of 25 full-time and adjunct professors recognized as specialists in fields ranging across theology, ministry, apologetics, counseling and missions — fulfilling a commitment to equip leaders to effectively proclaim the Word, serve the church and advance the Gospel.

The Seminary is pursuing a 500 x 5 x 5 strategic vision of putting 500 pastors on the path to the pulpit in the next five years — and every five years after that — through a 5P Plan of innovation and investment in the areas of program, partnerships, people, plant and profile.

BJU Seminary offers full-time, flexible graduate programs and certificates in areas including biblical counseling, theological studies, expository preaching, ministry studies, intercultural studies, biblical language and literature, Bible teaching, chaplaincy and master of divinity.