FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, signed a "historic" agreement April 3 with a seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut is the only Baptist seminary in the Middle East-North Africa region and the only Christian seminary that can openly train converts from other religions.
"This is a historic agreement," said Ghassan Khalaf, president of the ABTS.
The "agreement of fraternal relationship" signed by Khalaf and Southwestern Seminary President Kenneth S. Hemphill encourages "faculty enrichment through mutual use and cooperation." Southwestern has similar agreements with educational institutions in Tokyo, Korea and India and is trying to respond to requests from other international institutions.