IWS Relocates to Jacksonville, Fla.

[notice]Please note our telephone number remains unchanged at 904-264-2172.
Our new fax number is 904-379-5534.
Our new street address is 4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Our new mailing address is 4446-1a Hendricks Ave., Suite 395
Jacksonville, FL 32207.[/notice]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla- After 17 years in Orange Park, FL, the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS) has relocated its campus and operations to Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. IWS was founded and hosted on the Orange Park campus of Grace Episcopal Church in early 1999. The graduate school has enjoyed cooperative relationships with a number of local churches including Grace, Orange Park Presbyterian Church, Grace Anglican Church, Orange Park United Methodist Church, and Island View Baptist Church.  

“IWS was birthed at Grace Episcopal Church, and we are thankful for their hospitality and the support of other area churches and the Diocese of Florida,” says IWS President Dr. James R. Hart. “But, we have outgrown our current facilities. We are delighted and grateful for the offer by Hendricks Avenue Baptist to relocate to their beautiful campus. Our new location allows us significantly more room and improved infrastructure for carrying out our mission and goals." 

Well-known theologian Robert Webber founded IWS in 1999 in Orange Park with the purpose of training leaders in the biblical, theological and historical foundations of Christian worship. An interdenominational school, IWS is the only higher education institution in North America focused exclusively on training church leaders through graduate level worship education.

IWS is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), an officially recognized national accrediting association by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Through ABHE, IWS is also part of a global network that relates to regional or continental higher educational agencies through the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. 

“IWS fits in very well with the spiritual and educational mission of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church,” said Dr. Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor at the church. “IWS provides a world-class educational opportunity to our community, and we are proud to be a part of their ministry and global impact.”

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies offers the Doctor of Worship Studies and the Master of Worship Studies degree programs, using a unique mix of in-class instruction and distance learning. More than 700 students from over 60 denominations in the U.S., Canada, and 25 other countries have matriculated at IWS since its founding in 1999.


For more information, contact James Hart at (800) 282-2977
or president@iws.edu.

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