SAN ANTONIO, Texas (SWBTS) – Members of Parkhills Baptist Church in San Antonio voted, May 8, to approve a proposal to invite Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies to use their facility for offices and classrooms. The extension center was previously located at the church until 2008, when it relocated to Castle Hills Baptist Church.

“Southwestern Seminary is very pleased to renew our relationship with Parkhills Baptist Church,” said Craig Blaising, executive vice president and provost at Southwestern. “It was at Parkhills, several years ago, that Southwestern’s San Antonio extension was named the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies. We are pleased to accept the church’s invitation to locate the Marshall Center on their campus once again.”

Blaising said Parkhills, located off the interchange of Loop 1604 and US 281, provides more convenient access to students living in areas surrounding San Antonio, including New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin.

“We appreciate Pastor Robert Welch, who has taught adjunctively for Southwestern, the entire pastoral team, and the congregation at Parkhills for their gracious invitation,” Blaising said. “We will be moving classrooms and furnishings this summer and will be ready for classes at the Parkhills location in August.”

Southwestern’s San Antonio extension center began in 1977 through a partnership of Southwestern and nine local associations around the city. In April 2006, the trustees approved the naming of the program in San Antonio as the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies.