Hours of Operation

Mathena Student Center




* Your keycard (ID) is required for ALL weekend access.

Tomlinson Café

Proudly serving Messenger Coffee




Sword & Trowel Bookstore



Midwestern Café (Cafeteria)

Breakfast – 7:00am-8:30am
Continental Breakfast – 8:00am-9:30am
Lunch – 11:30am-1:30pm
Hot Dinner – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Brunch – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Deli Dinner – 5:00-6:00 pm

Continental Breakfast – 7:00-8:30 am

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Summer Hours

May 4 - July 31

Mathena Student Center

Monday-Friday 5:30am-6:00pm
(Faculty/Staff access via ID card)

Closed Weekends

Tomlinson Café

Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:00pm

Closed Weekends

Sword & Trowel Bookstore

Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

Closed Weekends

Midwestern Café (Cafeteria)

No Food Services

  • Doors to Student Center will be unlocked during open hours.
  • Food Service resume March 18, 2019, along with normal MSC Hours.

General Information

Building Access

Your keycard (ID) is required in order to access the building on weekdays before 8:00am or after 5:00pm. On weekends, your card will serve as the sole means of access during open hours. You will also utilize your key card for accessing the back half of the building (rec room, gym, etc.). ID Cards are available for spouses by request. There is a $10 fee for each card and must be paid for in the Financial Services office. Bring your paid receipt to Campus Security to pick up your cards.

If for any reason your card does not work in the building, please email Campus Security at security@mbts.edu. They will assist.


If you are a student, staff or faculty member, please park in the lower chapel lot and walk to the building if you are able. While there are a limited number of spaces in front of MSC, please leave these available for our guests. Parking anywhere along either Midwestern Seminary Drive or the access road beside the building is unauthorized. Campus Security will ticket for this going forward.


In the coming weeks and months, we’ll roll out a variety of different program offerings, including Kids for the Church (K4C), CrossFit and many more. As we all continue you acquaint ourselves, please keep safety at the forefront. To that end, here are few guidelines for keeping everyone safe within the space.

  • Children under 16 years of age must always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Athletic shoes must be worn during exercise in all workout areas (gym, fitness areas)
  • Wipe down exercise equipment after use
  • The High-Intensity Interval Training/CrossFit area is open when a certified CrossFit Coach, recognized by Auxiliary Services, is present. Please refrain from using the area without certified coaches on site.

Pay special attention to posted signage (coming soon) for additional words of wisdom.


God has bestowed upon Midwestern a special blessing. Let’s do our best to preserve and enjoy what’s been entrusted to us.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, send them to msc@mbts.edu. We’d love to hear from you.

Story of the
Student Center
Est. 2018

Since Midwestern Seminary’s founding in 1957, the desire for a student center has been at the forefront of the institution’s imagination. In fact, the seminary’s founding documents speak of the need to “construct a gymnasium for the wellbeing and formation of the students God calls here to study as soon as possible.” In God’s providence, what originally was envisioned as a multi-year process to realize, became a multi-decade one.

Beginning with Midwestern Seminary’s current season of renewed growth and expanded mission, and built upon its vision, for the church, the achievability of the new student center began to come into focus in 2015.

After completing the seminary’s chapel, renovating the founding administration building, and establishing the Spurgeon Library, the seminary’s administration turned its dreams toward a first-class student center that would meet the community’s present needs and position it for future growth and an expanded ministry footprint.

Those dreams, in God’s kind providence, intersected with the profound generosity of Harold and Patricia Mathena of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Rev. Harold Mathena, a bi-vocational minister and successful Christian businessman, and his wife, Patricia, were raised up by God to provide a $7 million lead gift to move this dream toward reality.

Their generosity, coupled with a collection of other key friends and supporters, positioned Midwestern Seminary to realize this dream on its dedication day of October 16, 2018.

By God’s grace, the Mathena Student Center will be used for generations to come to train legions of ministers for the church, through Midwestern Seminary, as well as generations of students for the kingdom, through Spurgeon College.

Also standing with Midwestern Seminary and Harold and Patricia Mathena are dear friends who, through generous acts, brought this project to realization. President and Mrs. Jason K. Allen, in addition to the entire Midwestern Seminary community, thank them for their profound generosity and pray God will use this facility for his greater glory.

Steve and Mary Dighton, Lenexa, KS
Gene and Joann Downing, Edmond, OK
Richard and Judy Hastings, Lee’s Summit, MO
Wendell and Tonia Hudson, Purvis, MS
William and Connie Jenkins, Paoli, IN
Wayne and Berna Dean Lee, Southlake, TX
Donald and Linda Pearce, Leawood, KS
Lee and Tammy Roberson, Hobbs, NM
Larry and Kristy Sheppard, Tulsa, OK
John and Elizabeth Mathena, Edmond, OK
Lenexa Baptist Church, Lenexa, KS
The Mabee Foundation, Tulsa, OK
Missouri Baptist Convention
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention

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