Reaching Southwestern’s newest student population takes a little effort and a criminal background check.

The journey begins with a drive south from Houston along a small farm-to-market road lined with fields of livestock and crops managed by some of Texas’ most violent offenders.

After taking a lonely road to Darrington prison’s front gate, Southwestern Seminary professors must pass through a series of security checkpoints, past the gates topped with razor wire, through a metal detector and pat-down, and down a hall to the education wing.

Housed in this maximum security unit, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s new bachelor’s degree in biblical studies gives inmates the opportunity to experience life transformation through studying the Bible as well as share that transformation with others.

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