ANGOLA, La. (BP) — Celebrating a 20-year partnership that has changed lives and deployed “missionaries,” New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Leavell College has dedicated a new facility with expanded classroom and library space at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La.

The Aug. 27 dedication followed a graduation ceremony marking the program’s 278th graduate.

“This has been the most spectacular day we could ever have,” said Burl Cain, warden of the correctional facility. “We have a new seminary building; we doubled our capacity; and, it means less victims of violent crime.”

The Joan Horner Center, an 11,000-square-foot building with a computer lab, two classrooms, an auditorium and library, was named in memory of benefactor Joan Horner, founder of Premier Designs of Dallas, who with husband Andy Horner were longtime supporters of the Angola ministry. An anonymous donor provided funds for the structure.

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