B. H. Carroll withdraws from ABHE accreditation

Move prepares for merger with ETBU


ARLINGTON, Texas (January 11, 2024)—B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary, which moves its offices from Irving to its original location in Arlington this week, has voluntarily withdrawn from its membership under the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

B. H. Carroll remains accredited by the Association for Theological Schools (ATS). Upon the review and approval of the merger with East Texas Baptist University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Carroll will be accredited as a seminary within ETBU.

In a letter to ABHE January 3, B. H. Carroll President Dr. Gene Wilkes said ABHE has been “a valued partner in our shared mission of biblical theological education since 2012.”

ABHE was the first organization to extend accreditation to B. H. Carroll after an extensive examination of the quality of its programs and faculty, as well as the unique nature of its model. For that, Wilkes said, the seminary will always be grateful and will remain committed to helping ABHE maintain its role in supporting biblical higher education.

Administrators at ETBU plan to explore Association Membership after the merger is complete. This would enable B. H. Carroll to maintain its ties with ABHE and work with other schools in the mission of equipping those called to prepare for ministry.

“God is doing great things through ABHE, and you have my personal support and prayers as we move into God’s future for us all,” Wilkes wrote to the group’s commissioners.

Published: Jan 11, 2024


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