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The Times
  • Bethany Bible Training Center relocating to Virginia

  • Bethany Bible Training Center, formerly known as Pinecrest Bible Training Center, is bidding the area farewell as the school is in the process of relocating to Chesapeake, Va., to begin its 2013 - 2014 school year in August.

    The center has been a part of the town of Salisbury community since 1969.

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  • Bethany Bible Training Center, formerly known as Pinecrest Bible Training Center, is bidding the area farewell as the school is in the process of relocating to Chesapeake, Va., to begin its 2013 - 2014 school year in August.
    The center has been a part of the town of Salisbury community since 1969.
    Bethany Bible Training Center is for students who have graduated from high school and have an interest in ministry. It offers a Biblical studies program for two years, an advanced Biblical studies program in the third year and quarterly certificate courses.
    Currently, about 50 students attend Bethany Bible Training Center, but it has had as many as 100 plus students at one time, said Bobbi Adkins, staff assistant.
    “At times we get a lot of students. It really just varies throughout the year depending on courses that are offered,” she said. “We have students from all over the country, as well as international students from Africa, Bulgaria, Haiti, Bolivia and other countries.”
    Adkins said a combination of factors contributed to the center making the decision to leave the area. “Financially, the turn of the century facility has become very expensive to maintain,” she said. “The property is home to many historical buildings that were once used for a tuberculosis hospital.”
    Adkins said the property is large and a lot of upkeep has to be done to maintain the facility as a year-round school. “In the winter it is very hard to keep up with things, especially with the amount of snow we got this year,” she said.
    After the center was offered the use of a property in Virginia, Adkins said the school decided it would be in the best interest of the students and staff to move.
    “We're doing something that we never thought would come about, but the bottom line is it felt like the Lord said that's what we should do,” said Adkins.
    “We believe this is the start of a new chapter in God's continuing purpose for the school, and we have great anticipation for what the future holds for us,” said Jack Picataggi, president of Bethany Bible Training Center. “We will continue to use this campus as a retreat in the summer months, and a small group of staff will continue to live here year-round to maintain the property and buildings.”
    Picataggi added, “This is a bittersweet process for us, as we have been a part of the Salisbury, Dolgeville and Stratford area for 44 years and respect and love the families that make up the wonderful community.”
    The center is home to Pinecrest Christian Fellowship Church that the community, as well as the staff and student body, are a part of.
    Adkins said she is unsure what will happen to the church and its community congregation. “The church could branch out more into the community separate from the school, but at this time there are no plans in place,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The school also has its own publication known as “The Banner,” which has been in existence since the beginning of the school. The Banner is published quarterly at Bethany Bible Training Center and goes all over the world. The publication is free for a small contribution or membership.
    Those who are interested in receiving a copy can request one by writing a letter to Bethany Bible Training Center, addressed to the attention of Bobbi Adkins, at P.O. Box 320, Salisbury Center, NY 13454 or call 429-8521.
    For further information about the school, visit the Bethany Bible Training Center website at http://www.bethanybtc.org/.

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