Nashville’s Free Will Baptist Bible College is no more, at least in name. The 70-year-old school has announced effective immediately it will be called Welch College.
The name-change coincides with an upcoming move from the school’s West End campus to a larger site in Gallatin.
The Free Will Baptist denomination will continue to own and operate Welch College, according to a press release. President Matt Pinson says the school will remain committed to its “Christian mission.” He adds that a new name will help attract a broader variety of students to professional programs and online degrees.
Welch comes from the names of early supporters of the college – Reverend John and Mary Welch – who already had a building named after them on campus.