DUNBAR, Wis.- Northland International University in Dunbar, Wis.., has entered into a "strategic partnership" with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
The partnership will "energize our mission, and anchor our institutional stability for generations," said President Daniel Patz.
"I'm pleased to announce that God has led us into a strategic partnership with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary," Patz said.
"The details of the partnership will be forthcoming, but the overall goal is to leverage Southern Seminary's strengths to help Northland fulfill its mission of 'training the next generation of servant leaders for Great Commission living' with greater efficiency and greater gospel impact. By God's grace, this partnership will help us to solidify our future, energize our mission, and anchor our institutional stability for generations," Patz said.
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, said, "I am a big believer in the potential of Northland and its historic mission. We are pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with a bold vision for continuing and expanding the mission and influence of this historic and strategic school."
Patz added, "What enthuses me most about this partnership is the implications of a stronger advancement of our mission. The need has never been greater to prepare students to take the gospel to the ends of the earth for the glory of Christ. At Northland we are committed to discipling our students inside and outside the classroom with this mission as our focused goal."
Founded in 1958 by Paul Patz as Northland Mission Camp, in 1976 the camp's mission was expanded to a Bible-training program known as Northland Baptist Bible Institute, which only a year later became Northland Baptist Bible College, an undergraduate program.
In 1988, Northland added a graduate program and in 2009, the school added online graduate degrees and changed its name to Northland International University, while continuing to operate Northland Camp & Conference Center, which hosts a variety of camps, Bible conferences and other ministry events.
Nearly 2,900 Northland alumni serve around the world as pastors, missionaries, and faithful servants of Christ.
Daniel Patz, a grandson of Northland founder Paul Patz, assumed leadership of Northland in 2013. Paul Patz (1911-2000) began as a poor farmer with only a third-grade education, but after inventing various types of farm machinery, he founded Patz Corporation, which has been manufacturing farm equipment for 65 years.
"Southern Seminary, along with its undergraduate program Boyce College, is a strong Southern Baptist school committed to the truth of God's Word," Patz said.
"Southern's leaders love the local church, the defense of the gospel and the furtherance of the gospel to the ends of the earth. We are delighted to see what God is going to do through this strategic partnership for greater gospel effectiveness. I ask our churches, community, alumni, students, faculty, and friends to pray for the continued growth and development of this partnership," he said.