The journey of a growing library with over 6,000 volumes will continue this week, as the collection finds a new home at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary’s Center for Latino Studies (CLS). The Seminary will dedicate a new library and resource center at the CLS’ location at 740 Walker Street NE in Cleveland, Tennessee at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
The collection to be included in the dedication began in 1976 with the establishment of the Church of God’s Ministerial Institute in Houston, Texas. Over time, the collection grew as it transitioned to other institutions including the West Coast Bible College in Fresno, California and the Hispanic Institute of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.
In late April 2014, the Center for Latino Studies received permission to acquire the collection, primarily comprised of Spanish-language books, and brought it to their Cleveland location. Portions of the Center’s building were reallocated as a library and shelving was assembled to accommodate the large collection, which is presently valued at over $85,000.00.
“To be entrusted with this large collection of books once again affirms that the Church of God is placing emphasis on the theological training of Hispanic pastors,” said Dr. Wilfredo Estrada-Adorno, Director of the Center for Latino Studies. “The establishment of this library has been a collaborative effort of Hispanic ministries across the country and is an eloquent testimony of their collective commitment to the ministerial formation of pastors and leaders.”
Since the acquisition of the collection, current titles have also been added and additional donations have been received from the academic and Latino community. The resources housed in the library will be available to Seminary students, as well as the community. The Center for Latino Studies is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be contacted by calling (423) 478-1131. To learn more, visit www.ptseminary.edu.