This month, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board voted unanimously to stop providing the Christmas Joy Offering it gives Barber-Scotia College.
“There are guidelines for the granting of funds for that offering, and Barber-Scotia has been out of compliance for a number of years,” said Jerry L. Van Marter, coordinator of Presbyterian News Service, on Friday. “Primarily, it’s not accredited.”
Barber-Scotia, which was established as Scotia Seminary in 1867 by Rev. Luke Dorland, who was commissioned by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), lost its accreditation in 2004.
Earlier last year, Barber-Scotia’s President David Olah told the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners that the school has worked hard to pay off its debts and was working to regain accreditation. Olah was not available for comment at press time.
The school has started two $10 million fundraising campaigns in the last three years, and the most recent was launched last year as a two-year campaign. The Faithful Promise campaign, which began in 2009, did not meet its goal, Olah said last year.
Barber-Scotia has been one of several racial-ethnic schools that have received the Christmas Joy Offering in the past, Van Marter said. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) receives the offering every year at Christmastime, and each of the schools receives about $200,000, he said. read more…