DeMent Society for Estate Planning

The DeMent Society, named for our first president Dr. Byron Hoover DeMent, provides the opportunity for our friends and alumni to ensure the future of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through estate gifts.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has partnered with PhilanthroCorp, a trusted estate planning firm, to help you put together an estate plan that accomplishes your goals. Since 1997, PhilanthroCorp has served hundreds of the most respected faith-based organizations and thousands of their supporters. There is no cost to you for their assistance.  In addition to the self-help tools provided on these pages, they can help you in several ways:

Personalized Assistance

The PhilanthroCorp team will guide you gently through a discovery process that will consider your assets, the people and the ministries that are dependent upon you.

They will help you:

  • Understand such issues as probate and taxes
  • Address tools such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance medical directives
  • Develop an estate plan that reflects your values and priorities
  • Implement the plan through an attorney you already know or one from their network of attorneys, offering preferential rates. 

Once your documents are in place, they will further help you to make sure instructions are in place to make everything easier for loved ones.

Dr. DeMent was a part of the first fundraising effort of the newly formed Baptist Bible Institute in 1917. DeMent, a native Tennessean, described himself as not primarily a financial agent, "but a Gospel preacher, Bible teacher and humble leader of the people to nobler things." As DeMent raised money, he simply told the story of the enterprise, lifted up its ideals, gave a vision of its needs and possibilities, and let the message work its way into the hearts of people. What truer story could be told today!


If you have included the Seminary in your estate plan, please let us know so we may add you to the list of the charter members of the DeMent Society. If you would like more information about the Seminary and the DeMent Society, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at (800) 662-8701 ext. 3252.