SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The former Central Bible College has a new owner.
Springfield based Assemblies of God confirms the campus has been purchased by a South Korean based Good News Mission, an independent Baptist organization.
Michael Fine with Fine & Company, LLC Real Estate Auction And Advisory Services, which was hired to sell the property, says the new owner paid $2.5 million for the land and buildings.
“We are excited to know that the legacy of a Christ-centered focus will continue on this property where so many received training for ministry in the Assemblies of God," said Doug Clay, Assemblies of God General Superintendent.
The campus at Grant and Norton, next to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, has sat empty since the college closed in May, 2013, after consolidating with Evangel University.
Seth Ahn is a program manager with Good News Mission and is the son of one of their lead pastors.
He said they toured the northeast Springfield campus several times before deciding to buy it.
"Location wise this was very suitable for us. Because we have about 60 churches in the United States as well," said Ahn. "We have branches all across the United States and so this became sort of a center place."
Ahn says the first use they would like to have for the campus is a pastors training.
"We want to be able to bring in pastors from all across the world to be able to do that very work and do a pastoral training. And we are currently doing this right now in South Korea but we are wanting to bring this to the Springfield campus." Ahn said.
They also want to hold large youth conferences at the former CBC campus.
"We also hold these kind of sessions once a year during an International Youth Fellowship youth world camp. It is a big camp that we hold annually," Ahn explained. "And so that is something that we are looking to do within the Springfield campus. Where we would bring in students locally as well as internationally to gather them to do this type of training and this type of educational teaching."
With all of it centered around the Bible.
As well as other plans he say will come in the far future.
"We are actually in the process, it is in early preparation state of making this campus a future bible college as well as a music college." said Ahn.
A small group from Good News Mission was on CBC's campus Tuesday looking at their new property.
"It was really nicely kept," said Ahn. "We are still trying to get a feel for what we want to do in certain places."
He says they hope to be able to hold some of those youth or pastor training events even as soon as this summer.
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