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South Texas School of Christian Studies comes to life

Justin Horton, campus director for the new McAllen campus of South Texas School of Christian Studies worked with TBM’s Retiree Builders to transform an old church property into a new seminary campus.

The Retiree Builders measured and cut sheetrock for classrooms on campus. A new fence was built to surround the perimeter of the property. The fence unifies all of the buildings on the property, satisfies city ordinances and gives the campus a cohesive look. The once beautiful landscape will be revitalized and a courtyard will be created, giving students a place for peace and solitude. A hospitality suite will serve as a temporary residence and office space for faculty and guests visiting the McAllen campus. The goal is to attract scholars who will offer students unique educational opportunities. A commercial kitchen was cleaned and repaired, including a dining hall to seat 200 people.

Local News Story Prompts Major Gift to Ministry

In 1986, the Hospitality House in Huntsville, Texas, was built by the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders. This 7,000 square foot facility began as an extension of TBM’s prison ministry, and is now directed by Debra McCammon. The purpose is to assist families visiting loved ones incarcerated in Huntsville and the surrounding areas, reaching 16 prisons. Hospitality House provides temporary shelter, food, Bible studies and spiritual counseling for families who may be traveling long distances to visit their loved one in prison. Staff members even provide orientations on how the prison system works and how to behave during visitation.

The house has assisted hundreds of families of prisoners each year. By strengthening family relationships, the goal is to reduce recidivism rates among prisoners.

Recently, Houston’s Channel 11 featured a news story about the Hospitality House. The president of a local bank heard about Hospitality House and gave them a call. He wanted to establish a ministry like this for some time but had not successfully launched the program. The man had set aside a sum of money he wished to donate to the Hospitality House. It was truly a fortuitous story that could only have come from above.