Seminary purchases Scotland School

2013-01-26T10:00:00Z 2013-01-27T13:28:05Z Seminary purchases Scotland SchoolDebbie Chestnut, The Sentinel The Sentinel
January 26, 2013 10:00 am  • 

Development of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children is expected to start this spring. Winebrenner Theological Seminary announced Friday that it has purchased the 185-acre property for $1.8 million and will open its Scotland Campus facility as soon as possible following settlement in late May.

“After significant due diligence, deliberation and considerable prayer on the part of a multitude of people, the Winebrenner board voted to move forward with the acquisition of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children,” said David Newell, vice president of WTS Pennsylvania Initiatives and director of the Scotland Campus. “We see the move to the campus as a faith decision first, with the belief that God guided us to the location, provided the vision, and opened the door of opportunity for us to seize upon.”

The Scotland Campus will serve as a satellite branch of WTS. Initially, it will feature the Scotland Campus Education and Conference Center in the education building complex and WTS offices in the chapel.

Newell said the center will “house a consortium of schools and colleges, and host conference events related to education.” Representatives of Shippensburg University, Penn State Mont Alto and Wilson College will serve on an advisory committee and “work to expand educational opportunity to the public, as well as foster opportunities for area businesses to develop training structures for their disciplines,” he said.

More than 30 classrooms are available for lease, and the school hopes to offer professional plays and events in the 650-seat auditorium.

Nova Corp., a cyber security company in Chambersburg, is the first business to locate at the Scotland Campus.

“They are a company that engages in cyber security, and we will form a training arm that will locate them on the campus,” said Newell. “We are looking for other businesses that are interested in forming academies of their own that will offer some of their required educational components. For instance, for the discipline of CPA, accounting firms may like to have an academy to train people in their profession.”

WTS does not yet have state approval to offer its Pastoral Training Institute courses, although its application is pending. In the meantime, Newell said it will be able to offer non-degree courses.

Future plans include development of sports facilities for student and public use, student housing and possibly a senior living center.

“As we began the process, it became evident very quickly that Franklin County was a special place, and we were connected to some very forward-thinking people (who were) willing to join with us in determining the viability and fit of Winebrenner Seminary for the Scotland Campus,” said Newell.

He said the Scotland Campus location in Franklin County is ideal because of “the ease of access to major metropolitan areas and international airports.”

Joining Newell in making the announcement were the Rev. Dennis Koontz, WTS development officer; the Rev. Dr. Michael Walker, chairman of the WTS board; and John Boozer, Scotland Campus board member.

Among those who attended were Sen. Richard Alloway; Rep. Rob Kauffman; Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Development Corp.; and David Sciamanna, president of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Scotland campus, visit www.scotlandcampus.org or call 1-800-493-1714.

Copyright 2015 The Sentinel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Follow The Sentinel

A Closer Look

Some Midstate residents unhappy with FEMA flood maps

Some Midstate residents unhappy with FEMA flood maps

When Tropical Storm Agnes hit Cumberland County in June 1972, it left behind more than $40 million in damage.

March 22, 2015 7:00 am Photos

Photos

Related (3)

A Closer Look: Where's the money for infrastructure?

A Closer Look: Where's the money for infrastructure?

The Associated Press investigates where funding comes from for transportation projects, as well as alternative methods for funding infrastructure.

February 21, 2015 8:37 pm(0)

A Closer Look: Why Midstate bridges are failing

A Closer Look: Why Midstate bridges are failing

Sentinel Reporter Daniel Walmer offers a closer look at bridges in the Midstate, covering topics such as preservation, construction and funding.

February 08, 2015 8:00 am Related (0)

A Closer Look: Midstate police look at body cameras

A Closer Look: Midstate police look at body cameras

Police officers in Newville frequently report to Chief Randy Finkey that they are being recorded on cellphones by drivers during normal traffic stops.

February 01, 2015 6:00 am Photos

Photos

Related (7)

Midstate Profiles

More Profiles

Midstate Profile: Mechanicsburg teen to perform at Carnegie Hall

Midstate Profile: Mechanicsburg teen to perform at Carnegie Hall

MECHANICSBURG — On Feb. 19, Jessica Chou, 16, will get in the car with her violin and head to New York City where she will spend the weekend r…

February 08, 2015 8:45 pm(0)

Midstate Profile: Wayne Shade honored by Exchange Club of Carisle

Midstate Profile: Wayne Shade honored by Exchange Club of Carisle

CARLISLE — When Wayne Shade came to Carlisle 46 years ago to attend law school at Dickinson School of Law, he had only a trailer full of his b…

February 01, 2015 10:00 am(0)

Latest NASCAR News