Welcome to Foundation for the Future, Mid-America Reformed Seminary’s campus expansion project. We’re thankful for your interest.
Mid-America Reformed Seminary is one of the last confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian seminaries offering in-person classes only. If you want to study here, you have to be here. We think that’s important. Academic and spiritual formation of the next generation of pastors happens best when students, their families, and our faculty dwell together.
For over 40 years, by God’s grace, we have equipped our students for a lifetime of fruitful, Godglorifying ministry. In the Lord’s providence, an increasing number of prospective students are discovering the unmatched benefit of our Master of Divinity program – one that uniquely pairs academic rigor and practical experience. We not only give our students the tools but also show them how to use them. The Seminary is enjoying a renewed interest in our program; thus, we are poised for continued growth. This is a tremendous blessing, indeed, but this also brings about challenges to our campus that we now must accommodate.
Study areas in our library became insufficient. Our classrooms are overcrowded and nearing maximum capacity. Certain events held on campus are causing our chapel and cafeteria spaces to burst at the seams. We have key staff members working in public areas rather than in dedicated office spaces. We’re not complaining – we’re rejoicing!
We need your help to make some augmentations to our current building to help us channel this growth and energy in the right direction – laying down a firm foundation for the future – ensuring that our students, for generations to come, continue to learn how to proclaim the Word of God boldly, effectively, and pastorally. You can play an essential role in safeguarding the biblical truths that summon God’s people unto repentance and reliance on Him – truths that daily come under attack in an increasingly post-Christian world – truths that, when rightly handled here at Mid-America, passed on to our students, go forward as a bright light in the darkness.
I hope that you’ll enjoy seeing what this project looks like, and my prayer is that you’ll be moved to steward the resources the Lord has entrusted to you back into His kingdom through this vital work. As you read through these materials, please prayerfully consider how the Lord might use you as part of our Foundation for the Future. If you have questions or would like to discuss giving options, my contact information is listed on the back of this brochure – I’d love to hear from you! To give a gift today, visit www.midamerica.edu/donors.
Vice-President of Advancement
Situated on the west side of campus, our chapel will seat 150 individuals, providing sufficient space for our chapel services (3 times weekly), and will also be suitable for public use for our special lectures, evening classes, receptions, and other events as needs arise. Features and designs will create an inviting and elegant space for prayer and praise, and stateof- the-art audio/visual equipment will be implemented to compliment a wide variety of uses, for both our students and the public to utilize and enjoy.
With the demolition of the cafeteria’s northern exterior wall, and a rebuild further to the north (including a northern entrance), the cafeteria will nearly double in size, providing for extra fellowship space for our growing student body.
On the east side of campus, two additional staff offices, a board/conference room, a small meeting space, and a kitchenette will allow for current staff to relocate from public to private working space and will also provide satisfactory permanent accommodations within which our Board of Trustees and its committees can perform their work.
The school’s interior is original to its 1995 construction and though it has worn well, it is need of a refresh. We intend to replace all flooring, wallcovering, and fixtures, and also intend to replace the seminary’s HVAC system, which has been underperforming for quite some time. The interior design of our current space will be consistent with the interior design of our new space, providing for seamless continuity between existing and expanded areas. Our library space optimization is complete (2021) with the installation of mobile shelving and additional study carrells. What remains is an interior refresh of the existing space consistent with a remodel of our existing campus.