Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Infobox University
name = The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
motto = "For the truth. For the church. For the world. For the glory of God"
established = 1859
type = Private, Baptist
president = R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
city = Louisville
state = Kentucky
country = USA
affiliations = Southern Baptist Convention;Kentuckiana Metroversity
website = []

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, or SBC. Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in 1859 by John A. Broadus, Basil Manly, Jr., William Williams, and James Petigru Boyce who served as its first president. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is the seminary's ninth and current president, holding the title since 1993. Southern Seminary upholds the SBC Baptist Faith and Message and its own .


Southern Baptist Theological Seminary primarily practices "evangelical" apologetic religious training combined with practical ministerial experience. In this method, students are taught about Baptist theology and other religions so that future ministers, missionaries, and church workers can most effectively communicate and defend their faith to non-Christians. This method of teaching involves evaluating, with a purpose in validating, the Christian Bible to be the inspired word of the Christian God and infallible. They believe that God "created" "male and female." []

This understanding of religious education also differs from the critical method of religious training, which is commonly taught in many modern seminaries and universities. In the critical method, the Christian Bible is seen as non-authoritative, and religion is seen as a pure humanity. Religion as an academic discipline occupies itself with the purely objective and non-faith-based study of world religions and religion (all religions, including non-Christian) as a timeless aspect of the human condition.

History and academics

According to the Southern Baptist Convention, the Seminary has been an innovator in theological education since its founding in 1859 in Greenville, South Carolina as the first seminary of the SBC. The school's pioneering legacy began in the visionary mind of James Petigru Boyce, the school's first president. Boyce dreamed of a school that would accept all God-called individuals for study regardless of their educational background.

Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 1859 by James Petigru Boyce who served as its first president. The end of the Civil War found the seminary holding worthless Confederate war bonds, located in newly impoverished South Carolina during Reconstruction. With the financial help of baptist John D. Rockefeller, the seminary relocated to Louisville in 1877.

Though disrupted briefly by the Civil War, Southern Seminary has continued to pursue Boyce's initial vision for nearly 150 years. Southern was one of the first seminaries in the nation to offer a Ph. D. Its department of missions is one of the oldest in the world. It was the first in the nation to offer courses in religious education and in church social work. In 1974, The Boyce Bible School was established to train pastors. In 1994, Southern Seminary opened the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, the first program in the Southern Baptist Convention dedicated solely to training missionaries and evangelists. In 1997, Southern again made changes to advance theological education with the formation of an undergraduate program, The James P. Boyce College of the Bible, now simply Boyce College.

The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools [] and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [] .

The ninth and current president of the seminary is R. Albert Mohler, Jr., whose tenure began in 1993.

Recently, Southern revised its counseling major to sweep out the psychology-based counseling program it had been giving degrees for and ushered in for its students what is called a, "Nouthetic Counseling" program, or Bible-based counseling program, one championed by Dr. Jay E. Adams since the 1970s.Fact|date=April 2008

Notable people


*Douglas Carver, Current Chief Chaplain U.S. Army
*Amzi Dixon, late pastor of Moody Church, Chicago and Metropolitan Tabernacle, London
*Clarence Jordan, late founder of Koinonia Farm (forerunner of Habitat for Humanity) and translator of the "Cotton Patch" New Testament
*R. T. Kendall, former pastor of Westminster Chapel, London
*William Bell Riley, late founder of the World Christian Fundamentals Association
*Jeff Struecker, received his M. Div. from Southern, Current Army Ranger Chaplain U.S. Army []
*Edwin O. Ware, Sr., Kentucky native who was first president of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana
*W. A. Criswell, late pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX; author; and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention


*William A. Dembski - Professor in the Philosophy of Religion (June 2005–May 2006). [ [ Theology Department Faculty] , Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]
*Wayne E. Oates, late author of best-selling pastoral care text "The Christian Pastor", SBTS prof, first to coin the term "workaholic"
*A. T. Robertson - Noted 20th century Greek scholar.
*Kurt Wise - Head of Center for Theology and Science (since August 2006) [cite news | url= | title=The Other ID Opponents | publisher=Christianity Today | date=April 2006 | first= | last= | accessdate = 2008-08-18]

Former presidents

*1888 James Petigru Boyce
*1888-1895 John Albert Broadus
*1895-1899 William Heth Whitsitt
*1899-1928 Edgar Young Mullins
*1929-1942 John Richard Sampey
*1942-1950 Ellis Adams Fuller
*1951-1982 Duke Kimbrough McCall
*1982-1993 Roy Lee Honeycutt
*1993-present R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Current organization

Southern is currently structured under five schools:
* [ The School of Theology] (Russell D. Moore, Dean)
* [ The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth] (Charles E. Lawless Jr., Dean)
* [ The School of Leadership and Church Ministry] (Randy Stinson, Dean)
* [ The School of Church Music and Worship] (Thomas Bolton, Dean)
* [ Boyce College] (Denny Burk, Dean)

Mission statement

cquote|Under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is
to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God,
to the Great Commission as our mandate,
and to be a servant of the churches
of the Southern Baptist Convention
by training, educating, and preparing ministers
of the gospel for more faithful service.


External links

* [ The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary]
* [ Unofficial SBTS Student Newspaper]

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