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About Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Identity
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is an institution of higher learning and a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Confession
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary affirms the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message. We further affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Mission
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Core Competencies
To fulfill the mission of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary we seek to develop the following competencies in students who graduate from this institution:

  • Spiritual Formation: Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a vital Christian life and witness manifest in all personal relationships and vocational endeavors.
  • Biblical Exposition: Gain a basic comprehension of Scripture and learn to interpret and communicate it properly and effectively.
  • Theological Integration: Understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to all areas of life and ministry.
  • Christian Leadership: Cultivate a godly disposition marked by wisdom, humility and grace and develop skills to lead effectively in the church and world.
  • Ministry Preparation: Acquire and apply the knowledge and skills necessary for Christian ministry.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Degree Programs

Many of Southeastern’s degree programs have been revised for the 2006-2007 academic year. Click here for the 2006-2007 catalog, with information on the revised curriculum and specific requirements for each degree program.

Southeastern provides the finest theological training and educational preparation for the ministry, with studies ranging from graduate to postgraduate. Our faculty and staff have come from around the nation and the globe to equip students for work in the Kingdom.

The school offers the master of divinity degree with several specializations as a first professional degree for Christian ministers. The seminary also offers several related master of arts programs.

Postgraduate level work includes a professional doctorate (doctor of ministry) and three advanced research degrees (master of theology, doctor of education and doctor of philosophy).

The traditional master of divinity program is designed to prepare pastors, missionaries and other Christian workers for a life of effective kingdom service. The ministry track supports both academic and practical ministry interests. Within three academic years of full-time attendance, the program prepares Christian ministers for Kingdom service by enabling them to gain a basic understanding of Scripture, theology and the Christian worldview.

The master of arts program is designed to equip persons for ministry in each respective specialization either vocationally or as lay persons in a church or para-church organization. The program is designed to be completed in a minimum of two academic years beginning with a fall semester.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary advanced degree programs equip serious students for a high level of professional competence in ministry. The programs provide opportunities for advanced study in interdisciplinary courses, seminars and clinical settings and combines academic study and practical application under faculty and field supervisors.

Students will find this postgraduate training to be both academically challenging and professionally rewarding. Each of the advanced degree programs has different eligibility and degree requirements. Please follow the various links on the left to learn more.

Advanced Degrees

Master of Theology (Thesis)

Master of Theology (non-Thesis)

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Divinity

General/Ministry Track

Advanced Biblical Studies

Biblical Counseling

Christian Apologetics

Christian Education


International Church Planting

North American Church Planting

Women's Studies

Worship Leadership
Master of Arts

Master of Arts (Christian Ethics)

Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

Biblical Counseling

Christian Education

Christian School Administration

Women's Studies

Church Music
General Theological Programs

Certificate in Church Music

Certificate in Women's Studies

Certificate in Mission Studies

Church Music Diploma

Master of Theological Studies

A History of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary>

Source: Wik

History Of The Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary became a reality on May 19, 1950, by vote of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Chicago, Illinois. To house the Seminary, the Convention purchased the campus of Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Trustees, elected by the Convention, secured a charter and adopted the Abstract of Principles as the Seminary's Articles of Faith. Next, they elected the Seminary's first president, Dr. Sydnor L. Stealey.

Stealey Presidency (1950-1963)

In the Fall of 1951, Southeastern began classes. Opening day, September 12, was attended by 85 students and three faculty members. The Seminary met in the classroom building now known as Appleby Hall. At first, the Seminary offered only a basic theological program leading to a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

In 1956, when Wake Forest College moved to its new location in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Southeastern inherited the rest of the Wake Forest campus which covered five hundred acres and consisted of more than twelve major buildings. The number of faculty members and students grew and plans to remodel and renovate buildings were initiated. In 1957, Southeastern instituted a summer school session.

In 1958, the Seminary achieved recognition from the American Association of Theological Schools, now known as the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

In 1963, after thirteen years of presidential service, Dr. Stealey retired and Dr. Olin T. Binkley was elected president. Enrollment stood at 575 and the school had 28 faculty members.

Binkley Presidency (1963-1974)

Under Dr. Binkley's leadership the Seminary continued the renovation program begun by Dr. Stealey. Four outdated buildings were removed, and thirteen new buildings were constructed and paid for all during Dr. Binkley's eleven year administration.

Dr. Binkley also guided major academic changes: the general curriculum was revised; the Bachelor of Divinity degree became the Master of Divinity degree; the Master of Religious Education and the Doctor of Ministry degrees were implemented, bringing the total number of degree programs to seven. Furthermore, he inaugurated the annual Alumni Giving Program before his retirement in 1974.

Lolley Presidency (1974-1987)

Southeastern's third president, Dr. W. Randall Lolley, was elected in 1974. Enrollment had reached 663 with 24 elected faculty members. His was an era of progress for the Seminary. The Certificate of Theology was restructured in 1976 and became the Associate of Divinity degree. In 1977, the Emery B. Denny Building which houses the Library was modernized and enlarged. And, in 1978, Southeastern received accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

To meet the needs of an ever-increasing married student population, the Seminary constructed 100 townhouse-style apartments in 1979. Renovation of Lea Laboratory, now known as Broyhill Hall, was begun in 1980. In 1982, the ground floor of Binkley Chapel was transformed into classrooms.

Seminary enrollment peaked at 1,392 in 1983 with a faculty of 36. The modernization of Adams Hall in 1984 provided the Seminary with more classrooms, seminar rooms, an auditorium, and a photography darkroom. The Ledford Center, a $2.5 million complex completed in 1986, provided a gymnasium, snack bar, lounges, meeting rooms, book store, sauna and exercise rooms.

Drummond Presidency (1988-1992)

Dr. Lolley resigned in the Fall of 1987 and was succeeded in 1988 by Dr. Lewis A. Drummond. The Drummond presidency marked a transitional era for Southeastern. Student enrollment declined and a major turnover occurred within the faculty. Nevertheless, Dr. Drummond led in an administrative restructuring of the Seminary in 1988 and in the establishment of the Center for Great Commission Studies in 1991. Reconstruction of the perimeter rock wall, replacement of the brick walkways, and a major refurbishment of administrative and faculty offices also were begun. Southeastern's commitment to biblical inerrancy and to historic Baptist theological principles was made clear during the Drummond years. Several new defining documents such as the Seminary's Faculty Profile and revised Statements of Purpose and Mission were finalized and adopted in 1992.

For the academic year, 1990-1991, the enrollment stood at 784 with 27 elected faculty members. President Drummond retired in the Spring of 1992.

Patterson Presidency (1992-2003)

Trustees elected Dr. Paige Patterson as the fifth President of the institution in 1992. The Patterson presidency was marked by rapid growth. Southeastern's enrollment grew from 623 in the 1991-1992 school year to more than 2,000 in 1999-2000. Curriculum revisions in 1994 brought about a more traditional theological degree plan for most Seminary students.

In the Fall of 1994 Southeastern Baptist Theological College was established by the Trustees of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Classes in the baccalaureate program began in January of 1995. In addition, the Associate of Divinity program became part of the College curriculum. In April 2000 by action of the Board of Trustees, the name of the college was changed to Southeastern College at Wake Forest.

Innovative new seminary programs in Counseling and Church Planting were begun in 1995. A Doctor of Philosophy degree was also inaugurated in 1995. The academic emphasis, however, has not overshadowed the renewed focus on missions and evangelism. 1998 brought new programs in Women's Studies and Advanced Biblical Studies, as well as an expanded undergraduate program. 1999 brought new programs in Christian School Administration, North American Church Planting, and an advanced degree in Theological Studies.

In July of 2003, Dr. Patterson stepped down as Southeastern's president, and Bart Neal was elected as interim president as the Board of Trustees conducted a worldwide search for Southeastern's sixth president.

Akin Presidency (2004- )

That search ended on January 15, 2004, when the Board unanimously elected Dr. Daniel L. Akin as president. Dr. Akin, who previously served at Southeastern as Assistant Professor of Theology and Dean of Students from 1992-1996, was Vice President for Academic Administration / Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a position he held until his return to Southeastern.


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