According to School President Rev. B.G. Springer, pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Anniston, classes are open to both ministers and laypeople. Classes meet this semester on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rushing Springs District Education Center in Sylacauga. Registration remains open through Oct. 10.
There will be a total of eight classes offered this semester, including the Old Testament with a focus on the Book of Exodus, survey of the New Testament and world religions. Instructors include Dr. L.L. Jacobs, Dr. Jerry Jones and the Rev. Clarence Henderson.
Students will be responsible for tuition, books and fees, but Springer said all of these charges will be nominal.
Each class covers three semester hours, with students graduating when they have earned enough credits. Number of credits necessary to graduate varies with the course of study. The school offers certifications, diplomas and degrees up to and including master of divinity.
During the twenty-six years the school has been operating, Springer said he could not say for certain how many masters degrees had been awarded, but quite a few had. The anniversary of the first graduating class will observed May 14.
“The school operates year round, with a break in the summer, just like the public schools do,” Springer said. “Then we start back up in September.”
Other courses offered at various times include effective Bible reading with Mary Thomas, instructor; the Synoptic Gospels with the Rev. Tommy Hardy, instructor; survey of John with the Rev. Van T. Welch instructor and survey of Revelations, with the Rev. Jerry Jones instructor.
The Rev. J.F. McKinney serves as both the dean of the school and the Moderator of the Rushing Springs Missionary Baptist Association. Springer said the school and the association are two distinct organizations, although they share a similar name, a building and some leadership.
For more information, call Mary R. Duncan, dean, at 256-268-9820, or the Rev. B.G. Springer, president, at 256-362-0115.