As I-beams connect and support walls rise, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will soon have the ability to gather the entire Fort Worth campus under one roof for chapel and graduation. Construction of Southwestern’s new chapel is currently on schedule and on budget for completion this fall.

The finished chapel, with 3,500-person seating, will include a prayer tower where students and faculty can pray over the city, as well as space for a library, choir and orchestra rehearsal rooms. There are also four prayer gardens in the complex, designed around Christ’s commission to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel in Acts 1:8.

Once completed, the chapel will be large enough to house weekly chapel services for the entire student body. This winter’s graduating class will also have the space needed on campus for the conferring of their degrees in December. With space limitations in Truett Auditorium, Southwestern has used Travis Avenue Baptist Church for graduation since May 1977.