Palmer Seminary of Eastern University will be vacating its Wynnewood campus in August and moving to an interim location at the American Baptist Churches (ABC) Mission Center in King of Prussia. The ABC is the denomination with which Palmer is affiliated. Palmer's Wynnewood campus is currently under agreement of sale with Cross Properties, which has announced its intention to occupy the property after the closing date, anticipated at the end of August.
As recently as a few weeks ago, the Seminary expected to remain in its current location through the Fall 2012 semester, though an over-the-summer move was always considered a possibility. Seminary officials have moved quickly to adjust to the latest timetable. In late May, Seminary officials contacted all currently enrolled students by phone to inform them of the change and to address questions and concerns, including concerns regarding class schedules, housing, and transportation.
The ABC Mission Center will be fully equipped to provide ample classroom and office space, as well as space for worship services and special events. The Seminary expects to operate out of the Mission Center for three to five years, then move to its own building on the west campus of Eastern University. More details regarding the relocation can be found by referring to the Frequently Asked Questions document focusing on the move.
This is the second relocation in the Seminary's history. In 1940, the Seminary (then known as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) moved to Wynnewood after 15 years at its original location on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.