B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Irving, Texas has received $400,000 to establish the Gerald E. Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies. The Marsh Center is unique in seminary life because it focuses on training and supporting chaplains. Chaplaincy is the fastest growing religious ministry in America. Chaplains minister to people of all faiths in a wide variety of non-religious settings such as the military, healthcare, prisons, and corporate America. The Marsh Center will accomplish four purposes. It will offer master and doctoral degrees for training chaplains; provide inter-faith research and development of chaplain issues and programs; inform the public; and promote and advocate effective chaplain ministry in all its forms.
“The Marsh Center is truly one of a kind. No other graduate institution offers such in-depth preparation for chaplains: one-third of the master-level curriculum is specifically designed to develop competencies for this unique ministry,” according to Dr. Gene Wilkes, President of B. H. Carroll. “In making this large gift, the anonymous donor recognizes the growing influence and value of well-trained chaplains who minister in settings where other religious workers rarely go.”