Established in 1816, Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian graduate school institution that educates and trains a wide diversity of students both in the pursuit of academic study of religion and preparation for leadership in any religious ministry or other public service vocation.
Harvard Divinity School currently offers four degree programs Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy where students can engage in critical thinking and interpretation which are important foundation for their future work. The student body roughly represents 30 different religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu among others. Not only that Harvard Divinity enrolls a wide range of students coming from different spiritual backgrounds but they also enrolls students who don’t have any affiliation with any particular religious traditions.
Dr. David Hempton, an Irish historian of evangelical Protestant Christianity currently serves as the Dean of Harvard Divinity School.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is one of the largest seminary in the world located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Founded in 1950 by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), SEBTS is mandated to train ministers for churches all over the east coast of the United States. The seminary currently offers three Doctorate programs, two different Master of Theology programs with ten different specializations for its Master of Divinity program, eight other Masters degree program, and a number of certificate programs.
Similar to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the same articles of faith are affirmed by the Board of Trustees and faculty of the Southeastern – the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Dr. Daniel L. Akin is the sixth President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin succeeded Dr. Paige Patterson, who now is the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) is one of the largest conservative Christian seminaries in the world affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Located in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, NOBTS has enrolled over 3,500 students coming from 39 states and 39 different nations. The Seminary is committed to making quality theological education as accessible and affordable to as many as possible. Therefore, NOBTS operates over a dozen extension center campuses across the Southeast. Approximately 1,900 students are located primarily on the New Orleans campus; the others are at extension centers.
NOBTS currently offers a wide range of degree options for ministerial training. NOBTS graduate programs offer over 20 special specializations designed to prepare students for service in the specific area of ministerial call. The Seminary’s faculty is divided into five working divisions: biblical studies, theological & historical studies, pastoral ministries, Christian Education ministries, and church music ministries. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level studies programs, NOBTS also offers a research doctoral program designed to meet the needs of post-graduate students who seek preparation for teaching and specialized ministry leadership. Doctoral degrees are divided between research doctoral degree programs and professional doctoral degree programs.
NOBTS confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
At present, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Kelley serves as the president of New Orleans Theological Seminary. Prior to his election, he had served at the seminary for 13 years as the Roland Q. Leavell Professor of Evangelism and most recently as the director of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health.
Founded in 1876, Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) is the oldest denominational ministry and the only seminary affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church which is comprised of approximately 300,000 members in over 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada. The Seminary is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is closely tied to Calvin College, though each school has its own Board of Trustees. Though CTS is affiliated with the CRCNA, nearly half of the students are from other denominations.
At present, Calvin Theological Seminary offers four Masters programs (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Theology), one Doctorate program (Doctor of Philosophy) and a variety of ecclesiastical programs. The Seminary’s foundation is Reformed theology and is thoroughly committed to the Bible as God’s Word and to the confessional standards of the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort as a faithful interpretation of the Word.
In 2011, Rev. Julius Ted Medenblik became the president of CTS.
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.
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.
Located in Springfield, Missouri, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) is a graduate-level educational institution that trains both men and women to fulfill the mission of the church as taught in Scripture. AGTS shapes servant leaders with knowledge, skill and passion to revitalize the church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit.
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary is a graduate school institution within the evangelical and Pentecostal tradition and affirms the Bible as God’s written Word, the inspired, infallible and authoritative rule for faith and conduct. AGTS serves as the only seminary endorsed by the Assemblies of God for graduate-level education of ministries. Moreover, AGTS adheres to the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.
Dr. Byron D. Klaus serves as the current President of AGTS since 1999. He is also the Professor of Intercultural Leadership Studies in AGTS.
Regent University School of Divinity is a multidenominational seminary that provides Biblically-grounded theological training from a renewal perspective, emphasizing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in spiritual transformation. Programs are focused on the academic, leadership and spiritual expansion of its students, preparing to fulfill their vocational callings as pastors, chaplains, professors, missionaries and other ministry professionals. The School of Divinity offers degrees in Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts.
Pat Robertson is the Chancellor & CEO of Regent University while Amos Yong serves as the Dean of the School of Divinity. Dr. Yong is also the Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and a Pentecostal Theologian.
McMaster Divinity College, also known as MacDiv, is a Christian seminary in Hamilton, Ontario. It is affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, although in practice it is interdenominational, and could be said to more closely align with the broader Evangelical tradition. McMaster styles itself, “Canada’s University based Evangelical Seminary.” The mission is to develop effective Evangelical Christian leaders who are equipped for ministry in the 21st century.
McMaster University was reorganized in 1957 allowing for governance of the institution to pass from the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec (BCOQ) to a privately chartered, publicly funded arrangement. The theological program was transformed into McMaster Divinity College, a separately chartered affiliate college of the University, although the Faculty of Theology remains in name, with selected faculty members of the Divinity College appointed to it. With its own Senate and Board of Trustees, the Divinity College is situated at the heart of the McMaster University campus, enjoying degree conferral by the University as well as its rich learning resources.
McMaster was among the first Canadian universities to admit women, the first to confer a theological degree upon a woman, and the first to have a woman professor. The Divinity College has been a leader in developing a supervised Field Education program and a Parish Nurse Institute.
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS) is an institution established by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to train men and women for Christian ministry. GGBTS is a system five fully accredited regional campuses located throughout the West: Northern California campus in Mill Valley CA, Southern California in Brea CA, Arizona campus in Scottsdale AZ, Pacific Northwest campus in Vancouver WA, and Rocky Mountain campus in Centennial CO. Known as one of the most multi-cultural seminaries in the world, GGBTS’ diversity enables it to equip and challenge its students to more effective ministry leadership in the 21st century. As a Southern Baptist seminary, GGBTS teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.
Dr. Jeff P. Iorg is the current president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He also teaches leadership, preaching, and church ministry courses at GGBTS.