Tri-State Bible College opens new facility
SOUTH POINT — A dream became a reality on Thursday when Tri-State Bible College hosted an open house of its new Broomhall Bible Research Center at the college’s South Point campus.
The new facility has tripled the college’s classroom space, renovations that were made possible through a gift from the estate of Paul and Bessie Broomhall, former TSBC students.
“This was their vision,” said Jack Finch, president of TSBC. “They saved their dollars for years to make this happen.”
At the center is a space dedicated for student use, seven classrooms, a student lounge, a chapel and a kitchen. There is also a new outdoor patio area and classrooms are equipped with smart boards for faculty and students.
“It gives more of a campus atmosphere,” said Finch. “The important thing is there is plenty of room (for students).”
With more rooms, the college hopes to offer more classes and is planning to introduce a new master’s program in the fall. In May the college was able to host its first graduation on college grounds at the center’s new chapel.
Sami Miller, a theology student at TSBC who helped design the center’s student lounge, thinks it will be a way to increase enrollment.
“I think it will definitely be more attractive to younger students in general,” said Miller.
The college hopes the new facility will be beneficial in building the college community, said Bobby Mercer, TSBC vice president of administrative affairs.
“This is huge for us,” said Mercer. “I think it’s going to be a wonderful transition.”
Chancellor John Carey from the University System of Ohio Board of Regents was pleased to see the college’s progress and the resources it offers to the region.
“I think it is good to have access to education in various pathways,” said Carey. “I encourage everyone to come out and visit.”
As she toured the center, Norma Jean Staten, wife of the late Walter Staten, founder of TSBC, said she was pleased with what she saw.
“This will be a drawing card (for future students) because of the college atmosphere in the building,” said Staten. “This is what the college needs.”
Staten said her husband would approve of the college’s progress.
“I think he would be pleased to see a well-equipped space for students to learn in,” Staten said. “I’m just overwhelmed with how God has provided this facility.”