A local Christian theological school has raised more than half of the money needed to remain open.

With a deadline of May 12 to raise $500,000 to recover from accumulated debt, officials of the Salt Lake Theological Seminary announced this week that they have raised $250,924. The school has been given donations as large as $50,000, according to a news release.

The Rev. Neal Humphrey, whose Fruit Heights-based Westminster Presbyterian Church donated $20,000, said in the news release that the school is important for missionary training in Utah to "advance the Kingdom of God" and keep missionaries in the state.

The seminary is an interdenominational graduate school providing training for missionaries and pastors, and according to the news release, "equips men and women to meet the challenges of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in the midst of increasing cultural diversity." Donations are being accepted at Brighton Bank, 311 S. State St. For information, call 581-1900.