Knox Theological Seminary
Web Site: http://www.knoxseminary.edu/
Relative Cost: Low Cost
Denomination: Presbyterian Church in America
Knox Theological Seminary is an Independent Evangelical Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, founded in 1989 by D. James Kennedy.
The founding faculty were Joseph Hall (Professor of Church History), George W. Knight III (Dean and Professor of New Testament), Robert L. Reymond (Professor of Systematic Theology), R. Laird Harris (adjunct Professor of Old Testament), and David Winecoff and Bruce Fiol (homiletics). The first president was Dr.Doug Culver (now deceased) with D. James Kennedy as chancellor until his death in September 2007. Knox is governed by a board of directors. Knox graduated its first class of Master of Divinity students in 1993.
Named after the Scottish Reformer John Knox, Knox Theological Seminary was founded in 1989 by D. James Kennedy (1930-2007), the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Kennedy wanted to build an institution that would teach and equip men and women who would become conduits to bring Christian renewal and blessings to the nations. They would be pastors, teachers, evangelists, and lay workers who would fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Cultural Mandate (Genesis 1:28).
Kennedy often spoke of his desire that Knox would become “the Princeton of the South,” referring to the first hundred years of Princeton Seminary, when it employed the Princeton theologians.
In September 1990, Knox opened its doors as a graduate school of theology, and in January 2005, the seminary received full accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools.
Kennedy died on September 5, 2007, and in August, 2008, the Knox Seminary board installed P. David Nicholas as the president of the seminary. Dr. Nicholas is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. Nicholas resigned in April 2009 to launch Lordship Ministries.
In June of 2009, the seminary hired Dr. Michael Allen, a recent graduate of Wheaton College, as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. In July 2009 Dr. Luder Whitlock became the chairman of the Knox Board of Directors. Dr. Whitlock served for 23 years as president of Reformed Theological Seminary. Christianity Today identified Luder Whitlock as one of five seminary presidents most influential on theological education during the last half of the 20th Century.