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Tennessee Temple University was a four-year private Christian university, with its focus on liberal arts education, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. Operating there, also, was Temple Baptist Seminary, the university's graduate school of Christian theology.

Tennessee Temple University
Tennessee Temple University seal.jpg
MottoTraining to Transform
Established1946 – 2015
Students468 University Students; 88 Seminary
Location, ,
35°01′59″N 85°16′40″W / 35.0330°N 85.2777°W / 35.0330; -85.2777Coordinates: 35°01′59″N 85°16′40″W / 35.0330°N 85.2777°W / 35.0330; -85.2777
CampusHighland Park, 37404



Tennessee Temple was founded in 1946 under the leadership and vision of Dr. Lee Roberson. As the pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Roberson saw the need to train people for ministry through higher education. Believing that God was leading him to act upon this need, he began an evening Bible institute which would eventually blossom into a Bible college and a liberal arts college. Later, a seminary would be added.

The close relationship that the school maintained with Highland Park Baptist Church, one of the early megachurches of the modern era, created many ministry training opportunities for the students of Tennessee Temple. This model would be the inspiration for the Rev. Jerry Falwell to begin what would become Liberty University.[citation needed] Tennessee Temple's peak enrollment was more than 4,000 students in the early 1980s, but enrollment had dropped by 3,000 by 1991.[1]

As of September 2013, there were "just over" 400 students enrolled.[2] In September 2013, university leaders reported that the institution was considering a campus relocation, from Highland Park to a larger site on Woodland Park Baptist Church property located on Standifer Gap Road.[2][3] In February 2014, the university announced that it would sell most of its Highland Park campus buildings to Redemption to the Nations, the parent organization of Redemption Point Church, and move to a new site by June 2015.[4]

In March 2015, it was announced that, as of April 30, 2015, Tennessee Temple University would dissolve and merge with Piedmont International University, a private Christian college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[1] Dr. Steve Echols was the last President of Tennessee Temple University.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Hardy, Kevin; Green, Alex (March 3, 2015). "The end of Tennessee Temple in Chaittanooga". Chattanooga Times-Free Press. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Tennessee Temple University May Leave Highland Park For Woodland Park Baptist Church Campus". The Chattanoogan. September 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Brantley, Megan (September 16, 2013). "TTU, Woodland Park Baptist church in talks about new campus". Chattanooga: WRCB-TV.
  4. ^ Carroll, David (February 16, 2014 (updated February 17, 2014)). "Tennessee Temple University will move by 2015". Chattanooga: WRCB-TV. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Dr. Steve Echols". Tennessee Temple University. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  6. ^ [1] Archived January 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Chattanooga: Lookouts embrace Dodger blue". Times Free Press. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-19.

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