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B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, a small Baptist seminary near Dallas, is merging with East Texas Baptist University.

B. H. Carroll will keep its namesake, trading the term “Institute” for “Seminary,” while East Texas Baptist University will add new graduate programs in theological education, according to a joint news release that notes the merger is expected to be completed by or before early 2025, pending the approval of accreditation agencies and other bodies with institutional oversight.

A frequently asked questions section on the B. H. Carroll website called the merger a strategic move that will allow the seminary to “have a larger role in the life of Texas Baptists, Southern Baptists, and like-minded evangelical denominations, while preserving our close relationships with supportive churches. It will also grow ETBU, a legacy institution of Baptists in Texas, adding master’s and doctoral degree programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.”