George W. Truett Theological Seminary

George W. Truett Theological Seminary

The History of George W. Truett Theological Seminary

. On March 2, 1991, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary was chartered and a fifteen-member Board of Trustees was named by the University’s Board of Regents to investigate the feasibility of operating a seminary. (On September 21, 1990, the University Trustees had changed Baylor’s charter in order to have greater freedom in the selection of the University’s governing board. By this action the University Trustees became Regents.)

An organizational meeting of Seminary Trustees was held on July 18, 1991, at which time officers were elected and a statement of purpose was developed. A joint meeting with the Seminary Trustees and Board of Regents was held on January 17, 1992, and further investigation and discussion was authorized. On May 21, 1993, the Board of Regents approved the opening of George W. Truett Theological Seminary with the beginning of the 1994-95 academic year. In 1994 conservative leaders were in control of the Southern Baptist Convention. Seminary faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and other SBC seminaries were being required to sign documents indicating agreement with Scriptural inerrancy. The Board of Regents and Trustees were able to avoid this requirement at Truett. Truett Seminary was and is more accepting of moderate theology.

At the May 21, 1993 meeting the Regents voted to accept the offer of First Baptist Church, Waco, to house the Seminary on the second floor of the church’s B.H. Carroll Education Building for the first years of its operation. Space was designated for the exclusive use of Truett Seminary for administrative and faculty offices. Classrooms and other areas were specified for the joint use of the Seminary and First Baptist Church. Reminiscent of earlier years of theological education at Baylor, when classes for ministers were held by Rev. Benajah Harvey Carroll (B.H. Carroll), then pastor of First Baptist Church, in his study, Truett Seminary opened offices in the Carroll Education Building on August 1, 1993. Faculty offices were added in July 1994.

The opening convocation service was held on August 28, 1994, with 51 students registered. The Truett Seminary inaugural class graduated from Baylor University in May 1997.

Construction of the seminary on Baylor University's campus began in late 2001. It is located in the northwestern corner of Baylor's main Waco campus, seconds from Interstate 35. The building features three stories of classrooms, a courtyard, and the Paul Powell chapel. Classes began in the John Baugh campus of George W. Truett Seminary in January 2002.

Starting in May 2006, the Seminary started their own graduation ceremonies, rather than participating in Baylor University graduation ceremonies.

Mission Statement

As a professional school of Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary subscribes to the university’s mission statement “to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.”

The seminary’s purpose is to provide theological education leading to the Master of Divinity or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world.

We are committed to holistic student development by equipping students through theological and biblical reflection, spiritual formation, lifelong learning, ministry service, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Truett Seminary provides educational opportunities for students to gain competency for ministry in Christian scriptures and theology, evangelism and global missions, leadership and administration, nurture and care of souls and proclamation and worship.


George W. Truett Theological Seminary offers the following degrees:

Master of Divinity with concentrations in:
• Missions and World Christianity
• Christian Religious Education
• Theology
• Youth and Student Ministry

Dual Degrees include:
• Master of Divinity/Master of Music
• Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min)

*"George W. Truett Theological Seminary also offers a Certificate of Ministry for bi-vocational & small church pastors."

Notable People

* Paul Powell - Former Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary [ [ Baylor University || George W. Truett Theological Seminary || Paul W. Powell, Ph.D ] ]
* Roger E. Olson - Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary [ [ Baylor University || George W. Truett Theological Seminary || Roger Olson, Ph.D ] ]


External links

* [ George W. Truett Theological Seminary Official Web Site]

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