A theological school has been transformed into a Bible school, and one of the schools most prominent graduates is its first graduate of the Oxford Bible Seminary.
The school, called Wesleyan Biblical Seminary, opened its doors in 2013 with the opening of its new campus in Washington, DC.
But the seminary’s graduates have gone on to set up more than 100 seminaries around the world, including one in the United States.
Now, the semiofficial Oxford Bible and Seminary has hired former Wesleyan faculty member and current head of the semiotic, James R. Schaffer, as its director of curriculum.
“We are thrilled to welcome our first graduate, James Schaffer as the new head of our program,” Oxford Bible seminary said in a statement.
“Our new program will be the largest seminary in the world with more than a thousand students in classrooms across the globe.
We are also excited to welcome Professor Schaffer to our faculty.
He has a distinguished history of biblical studies at Wesleyan and will join our faculty for the next five years.”
The school has now become a Bible semis in the tradition of the Wesleyans who were the first of their kind in the 17th century.
It has more than 70 faculty members.
Ricardo Martinez, the dean of the school, said in an interview that he believes the move is a step toward establishing the school as a global, Christian academy.
The seminary is not the only school to make a move to become a bible school.
It is a part of the College of Saint Pius X. The school is part of its larger mission of “building a worldwide church,” Martinez said.
The university is the largest Protestant university in the US, and has nearly 2,000 students.