Most of you who will read this will not know who I am, as I am what the young people in my church refer to as a "lurker" on social media. During the tumultuous circumstances of the past year, I have developed a voracious appetite for Fundamental Baptist history. Large portions of my free time have been spent scouring websites for biographies, histories, and informational texts pertaining to Baptist Fundamentalism. This search led me to Dr. Kevin Bauder. Perusing the website of Central Baptist Theological Seminary revealed that a majority (or so it seemed to me) of its faculty received at least one degree from either Faith Baptist Bible College or Northland Baptist Bible College. All of my reading has indicated that CBTS was founded by one Dr. R. V. Clearwaters, an accomplished minister who also founded an institution named "Pillsbury Baptist Bible College." I am no expert on the intricacies of Baptist Fundamentalism, so I thought that I would ask the veterans that frequent Sharper Iron my questions.
1). If Pillsbury and Central were "sister institutions," why do more graduates of the College not teach in the Seminary?
2). Had Central developed its own independent identity after Dr. Clearwaters' retirement that enabled it to forge relationships with other Fundamental educational institutions?
3). Did the affiliation with Faith rise out of Dr. Bauder's influence within the Seminary? (I believe he graduated from Faith and presided over the Seminary for several years, if my reading sources are factual.)
4). How did Northland become a part of Central's recruitment pipeline?
5). Now that Pillsbury and Northland have both folded, where do the majority of CBTS students receive their undergraduate training?
I look forward to gleaning much from your collective knowledge.