The YMCA and Springfield College share a unique history and partnership dating back to the establishment of the College, then known as the School for Christian Workers, in 1885. Springfield College was founded by David Allen Reed, a visionary minister who was deeply interested in the training and education of lay workers for churches and Association work. In 1890, supporters and donors sought to have the name and focus of the school changed to the International YMCA Training School, which eventually evolved into Springfield College as we know it today.
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