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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Located in Forth Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the largest seminaries in the world that equips men and women with a strong theological foundation to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Since its founding in 1908, the seminary has trained and sent out more than 43,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. Southwestern seminary resembles to a university in its size and organization. The seminary is divided into six schools – The College, The School of Theology, The School of Educational Ministries, the School of Church Music, The Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, and the Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston – each with its own faculty. The school offers 18 tracks of study in areas such as corporate chaplaincy, Islamic Studies, marriage and family counseling, urban evangelism, and social work.

Dr. Paige Patterson is the 8th and current president of the seminary, a known advocate for global missions and evangelism and also an ardent architect of the Conservative Resurgence.

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Houston Campus

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary began offering theological education in Houston in 1975 with extension courses on the campus of Houston Baptist University. Twenty-five years later, a seminary looking for a home campus and a church looking to minister, joined forces to provide a full campus for master level studies in theology.

Park Place Baptist Church, true to its well known heritage of faith, deeded its facilities to Southwestern Seminary in 2002. The seminary began transforming the property into a state-of-the-art campus.

In 2004, Dr. J. Denny Autrey was named the first resident dean of Southwestern’s Havard School. Like the two Christian institutions that partnered to expand theological education in the Texas Gulf Coast, Autrey has a strong history of ministry and education.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. It is one of the largest seminaries in the world and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and also by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The school uses the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as its confessional statement.

The seminary was established in 1908, with B. H. Carroll as its founding president. It grew out of the Baylor University theological department, which was established in 1901. By 1905, Carroll had managed to convert the department of five professors into the Baylor Theological Seminary, but still under Baylor University. In 1907, while Baylor University President Samuel Palmer Brooks was on vacation in Europe, B.H. Carroll, then chairman of the Baylor Board of Trustees, made a motion that the department of religion be separated from the University and chartered as a separate entity.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte

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Thoroughly committed to Reformed Theology and the absolute authority of Scripture, Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte trains students to pursue the kingdom of God with sharpened minds and hearts aflame for the Gospel. Since its founding in 1993, RTS Charlotte has trained men and women as pastors, educators, campus ministers, youth ministers, chaplains, missionaries, and countless other Christian vocations. Moreover, RTS Charlotte puts a strong emphasis on experience through internships in many of the 3,000 churches within an hour’s driving distance of the seminary.

RTS Charlotte is ideally located in the heart of southeast Charlotte, with excellent access to the airport, the interstate system, the bulk of the residential areas of Charlotte. The campus is composed of five buildings with over 50,000 square feet of space, providing ample classrooms, library, and office areas, all with full wireless access.

RTS Charlotte currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies) and Doctor of Ministry. Michael J. Kruger serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and Professor of New Testament.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (North Carolina Campus)

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is at the core of RTS Charlotte’s educational training. It is a 106 semester hour program with electives available in all the different theological disciplines. The program includes the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew in order to equip the student to dig deeper into the text. Biblical courses will include concentrating on each book of the Bible in depth. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements. In addition to the coursework, M.Div. students are required to complete 400 hours of field education experience during their degree program, which is further designed to help students put their academic knowledge into practice.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M.Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year (1st Year) – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Leadership (2)
  • Gospels (3)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Acts and Romans (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Greek Exegesis (2)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (3)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year (2nd Year) – 34 hours

  • Missions (2)
  • Introduction to Hebrew (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Systematic Theology I (3)
  • Field Education Internship
  • Intermediate Hebrew (3)
  • Hebrew – Revelation (3)
  • Pastoral Ministry (2)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (2)
  • Systematic Theology II (2)
  • Elective (2)

Senior Year (3rd Year) – 35 hours

  • Systematic Theology III (3)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Principles of Sanctification (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis/Macro-Hermeneutics (3)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (2)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • 3 Elective (6 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Charlotte offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry and M.Div. Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry

RTS Charlotte recognizes that ministry among college and university students is one of the most significant and strategic ways to develop next generation’s church leaders and evangelize the lost. Thus, RTS Charlotte offers the Institute of Reformed Campus Ministry (IRCM) which provides specialized training in the Master of Divinity degree with a focus upon ministry among college and university students. The IRCM includes a degree emphasis within the M.Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed to campus ministry, annual conferences & lectures, and numerous campus ministry opportunities. Within this degree emphasis, IRCM students are allowed to take specially focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

  • Ministry in a Postmodern Context replaces Church and the World
  • Pastoral Ministry: Local Church & College Campus replaces Pastoral MInistry
  • Discipleship & Campus Ministry replaces Educational Ministries in the Church
  • Planting and Growing a Campus Ministry replaces Evangelism
  • Applied Apologetics replaces one Elective course

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry

Due to the incredible opportunities and need for chaplains in all sectors of American life, both domestically and internationally, RTS Charlotte offers the Chaplains Ministry Institute (CMI) that focuses on preparing men and women for service in many settings: military, institutional, airport, hospital, corporate, and more. The CMI includes a degree emphasis within the M. Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed for chaplain ministry, annual conferences & lectures, numerous chaplain ministry opportunities, and mentorships with chaplains in the community. Within the degree emphasis, CMI students take special focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

These courses are as follows:

  • Leadership and Chaplain Ministry
  • Pastoral Theology for Chaplains
  • Counseling and Chaplain Ministry
  • Evangelism, Chaplaincy and Pluralism
  • Applied Apologetics

More information about Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte Campus) curriculum.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

In addition to the Jackson and Charlotte  campus, Reformed Theological Seminary offers courses at the Orlando campus. RTS Orlando is a place of vocational and spiritual formation under the mentoring of godly pastors-scholars who share your burden for the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Word of God, for the lost, for the saints to be equipped, and for the nations to be discipled. RTS Orlando has trained more than 1,500 pastors and leaders for the global 21st century church since opening in the fall of 1989.

RTS Orlando currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Counseling and Doctor of Ministry. RTS Orlando maintains a belief in the inerrancy of the Bible and generally follows Reformed tradition, including Covenant Theology. Don Sweeting serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)

RTS Orlando offers one of the most rigorous and comprehensive Master of Divinity degrees in the United States to both men and women from the states and abroad. The M. Div. curriculum is designed to offer training for pastoral ministry and is concentrated in three basic areas – Bible, theology, and practical theology. In addition to training for pastoral ministry, the curriculum is designed to aid in the student’s sanctification and ability to apply Scripture to contemporary circumstances.

Students taking the M.Div. degree may major in one of two emphasis offered in Belcher Campus: Counseling and Baptist Studies. Both programs require a total of 106 semester hours and is typically done in 3 years.

Students begin taking Hebrew and Greek in their first year. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M. Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Theology of Ministry I (2)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (2)
  • Hebrew I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Greek Exegesis (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year – 36 hours

  • Gospels (4)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (1)
  • Systematic Theology I & II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Acts and Pauline Epistles (4)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (1)
  • 2 Elective (4 hours, 2 hours each)

Senior year – 33 hours

  • Hebrews – Revelation (3)
  • Missions (3)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Systematic Theology III (2)
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Mentoring (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Theology of Ministry II (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory III (1)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Orlando offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Counseling and M.Div. Emphasis in Baptist Studies. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling

The Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling provides students preparing for Christian ministry with an opportunity to receive specialized training in applying the gospel to persons in a variety of situations and settings.

These courses are as follows:

  • Addictions replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Psychology in Relation to Theology I replaces Classics of Peers Devotion
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy replaces Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Couples Counseling replaces 1 Elective (3)

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies

The Master of DIvinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies is offered in conjunction with the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies at RTS Orlando, which exists to prepare leaders for the church who are marked with “a mind for truth, and a heart for God,” by imparting to them the riches of Reformed theology and piety whole also conveying a robust vision of the church and its ministry.

These courses are as follows:

  • Baptist Confessions replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Theology of Ministry replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Polity replaces Church Polity
  • Baptist History replaces 1 Elective (1)

More information about the curriculum of Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando.

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Westminster Seminary California

Since 1979, Westminster Seminary California has offered a distinctively Reformed theological education in order to glorify Christ, promote His Gospel, and serve His Church. The strength of our four master degree programs lies in our faculty’s commitment to the inerrant Scriptures and the Reformed confessions. Our alumni use their education as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and leaders in the Church for the world.

Westminster Seminary California welcomed its first students in the fall of 1980. From the beginning, WSC committed itself to providing the finest in theological education with a particular focus on preparing men for pastoral ministry. The inerrancy of the Scriptures, the Gospel of Christ, the importance of the church and preaching, and the Reformed confessions have all guided the life and teaching of the Seminary.

From its inception WSC has attracted students from all over the United States and from many foreign countries. At the time of its founding, there was no Reformed seminary in the western part of the United States. WSC established a campus with an extensive library, a comprehensive curriculum, and a full faculty of teachers who were both experienced pastors and experts in their academic disciplines.

WSC traces its commitment to Reformed theological education back to the Reformation and especially to John Calvin’s educational approach in his Genevan Academy. In America that educational heritage was maintained at Princeton Theological Seminary in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Old Princeton was devoted to the inerrancy of the Bible, outstanding scholarship, fine academic education, and service to the church in its preaching and missionary work. When in 1929 Princeton Seminary was reorganized to tolerate theological liberalism, several faculty members, led by the distinguished scholar J. Gresham Machen, left Princeton to found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new seminary preserved the heritage of old Princeton and passed it on to WSC. Westminster Seminary California was initially a branch campus of the Philadelphia school until 1982 when it became fully independent.

Dr. Robert B. Strimple and Mr. Robert G. den Dulk shared the administrative responsibilities for founding the Seminary, moving to California in 1979. Dr. Strimple became the first president of WSC in 1982, overseeing the movement of the Seminary from its temporary home in San Marcos to its beautiful, permanent campus in southeastern Escondido. In 1988, Dr. Strimple returned to full-time teaching and scholarship, while Mr. den Dulk became president, increasing the size and financial strength of the school. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, who had joined the faculty in 1981 as professor of church history, became the third president of WSC in 1993.

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Covenant Theological Seminary

Covenant Theological Seminary, sometimes known as Covenant Seminary is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Covenant is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and its primary task is to train students for pastoral ministry – including church planting, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missionary service. The Seminary does not require its students to be members of the PCA, but it is loyal to the teachings of its denomination.

Covenant Seminary’s faculty, as well as the Board of Trustees annually subscribe in the writing to the Bible as the Word of God, immediately inspired and inerrant in its original writings, and to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, which, although subordinate to the Bible in their authority, set forth the Seminary’s understanding of biblical faith in a consistent and reliable form. Covenant’s students, on the other hand, affirms the historic Christian beliefs expressed in such documents as the Apostles’ Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Dr. Mark Dalbey serves as the current president of Covenant Theological Seminary. He is also an Associate Professor of Practical Theology.

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Westminster Theological Seminary

Founded in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution that offers theological education at Philadelphia campus and through a program of study in London. In 1982, the California campus of Westminster became an independent institution which is now known as Westminster Theological Seminary California.

Westminster Theological School exists to form Christian leaders to proclaim the whole counsel of God throughout a changing world. The Seminary is committed to Scripture and to the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. The School also subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Westminster desires to be used in training ministers of the gospel and others for service in those churches committed to the Three Forms of Unity as subordinate standards.

The current president of Westminster Theological Seminary Dr. Peter A. Lillback. He is also the Professor of Historical Theology.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Jackson

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is a non-denominational, evangelical graduate school dedicated to serve the Church in all branches by preparing its leaders through a program of graduate theological education. RTS’ primary theological distinctives are a commitment to historic Reformed theology and the Bible as God’s inerrant Word. RTS was founded in Jackson, Mississippi and also has campuses in Orlando, Florida, Washington D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina. RTS in Jackson (also famously known as the Belcher Campus) currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling and Doctor of Ministry.

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III was appointed as the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary last August 2013. He was the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS in Jackson and was responsible for teaching courses as Systematic Theology, Ethics, Apologetics, History of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Covenant Theology, Patristics, Evangelism and Theology of the Westminster Standards. Dr. Duncan is also the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past 17 years.

Guy L. Richardson serves as the current President of RTS in Jackson.

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Southern Evangelical Seminary

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern Evangelical Seminary is a conservative evangelical seminary that offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in Christian apologetics, theology, philosophy, biblical studies and more. The seminary was established in 1992 by Ross Rhoads, a former pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte and Noran Geisler, a leading Christian apologist and theologian. Rhoads’ burden for evangelism and Geisler’s concern to defend the Faith combined in the two-fold vision of Southern Evangelical Seminary to evangelize the world and to defend the historic Christian Faith. It was officially incorporated in the State of North Carolina on January 6, 1992.

The first classes began in September of 1992. Southern Evangelical Seminary grew rapidly, attracting students from all over the United States and several other countries. From the beginning it attracted national attention by its unique program in evangelism and classical apologetics. The first graduate received his degree in 1995. Ross Rhoads was appointed as the first President of the Seminary. Norman Geisler would assume the presidency and remain in that position until 2006.

In the late summer of 2003, Southern Evangelical Seminary completed the building of its own 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility on a ten and one-half acre lot located at 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, North Carolina. In the Fall of 2004 Southern Evangelical Bible College was established to offer students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree. For a few years, starting in 2006 Alex McFarland, a long time friend of the seminary, was president. Alex’s blend of apologetics and evangelism was found to be a perfect fit for SES which includes both of these in its two-fold mission statement: To evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian faith.

In Spring of 2007 the Veritas Graduate School of Apologetics at SES was approved to offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. In the Spring of 2008, a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) facility was added, which doubled the library, tripled the bookstore, and provided more classroom space for students in the growing residency program. The new building also houses a radio station and a state of the art studio for recording.

Richard Land, formerly noted as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a stalwart voice of theological and social conservatism was named president on July 1, 2013, expanding the appeal and reach of Southern Evangelical Seminary.