About Biblical Seminary

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Name of Institution: Biblical Theological Seminary

Founded: 1971

Biblical Seminary began as Biblical School of Theology in 1971 through the shared vision of Dr. Allan A. MacRae, former president of Faith Theological School, and Dr. Jack W. Murray, president of Bible Evangelism, Inc.. Dr. MacRae and his colleagues became the founding faculty and classes began meeting in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted Biblical the right to grant degrees in 1974; in 1978 the school's name was changed to Biblical Theological Seminary.

Dr. Frank A. James III was inaugurated as Biblical's fourth president in 2013. Biblical was accredited by the Middle States Association in 1990 and by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1995.


Main Campus Extension Site: Joy in the City
200 North Main Street
Hatfield, PA 19440
4455 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Our Mission Statement:

To incarnate and communicate the story of Jesus with...

  • Humility and authenticity
  • Fidelity to Scripture
  • Appreciation of the Christian tradition
  • Sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of postmodern culture

Our Core Values:

The following core values will guide the operation of Biblical Seminary.

Philippians 2:1-11 embodies our core values:

  • Charity - I Corinthians 13
  • Humility - Mark 10:45
  • Integrity - II Corinthians 8:21
  • Mutual Respect - I Cor. 12:21,25
  • Excellence - I Cor. 10:31

What We Believe:

Biblical Theological Seminary is an evangelical seminary committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox Christian faith for the purpose of preparing missional leaders to serve the church. We are intent on maintaining the following convictions in the life and work of our community. Read more about our convictions.


Independent, Interdenominational


300: 66% men, 34% women; 21% Studying from other countries, 15% African-American. Over 30 denominations represented. (2014 data)


Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA in Counseling, MA in Ministry, MA, DMin. Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. Approved to offer the MDiv degree program at the extension site in Philadelphia.

The Commission contact information is:

  • The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
  • 10 Summit Park Drive
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15275
  • USA
  • Telephone: 412-788-6505
  • Fax: 412-788-6510
  • Website: www.ats.edu

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to offer: Doctor's - Research/Scholarship, Master's, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Post-Master's Certificate.

The Commission contact information is:

  • 3624 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • USA
  • Telephone: 267-284–5000
  • Fax: 215-662–5501
  • Website: www.msche.org

State Licensure:

Biblical Seminary is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to confer master’s degrees and the doctor of ministry degree.

The Department of Education contact information is:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education
  • 333 Market Street
  • Harrisburg, PA 17126
  • 717.783.6788

Biblical Seminary does not have a physical presence in other states and its programs are exempt from authorization as an online or distance delivered program in most states. Please inquire for your program and state at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Almost 1,400 alums serving worldwide


Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD

Chief Planning and Finance Officer:

Dave Viehman


12 Resident; 11 with terminal degrees; 20 adjuncts (2014 data)


Academic Degrees Offered:

Academic Degrees Offered:

Certificates Offered:

  • Master of Divinity (Bib. Languages, LEAD, Urban LEAD)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Ministry
  • Master of Arts, Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts, Missional Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Certificate in Advanced Pastoral Studies
  • Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling
  • Certificate in Christian Counseling
  • Certificate in Global Trauma Recovery
  • Certificate in Biblical Studies
  • Certificate in Missional Theology
  • Certificate in Urban Missional Studies

Online Courses and Certificates:

BTS offers some online courses and certificates. BTS welcomes online students from outside of Pennsylvania. Different states have various authorization requirements for institutions offering distance education to their residents. BTS cannot register students in online courses who live in certain states. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Financial Aid:

Our students receive awards, scholarships, and grants from a variety of sources. Biblical believes that no qualified student should be discouraged from pursuing seminary education for financial reasons. Find out more about our Financial Aid Programs.

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition and fees will vary by program. Click here to learn more about tuition costs


The library holds over 50,000 bound volumes, 419 periodicals, journal e-book database collections, and other academic resources. Students and faculty have borrowing privileges at many regional theological libraries. BTS is a member of the American Theological Library Association. Unique holdings include copies of every publication and lecture produced by the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute (IBRI).

Non-discrimination Policy

Biblical Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, scholarship, loan programs, and other school-administered programs. Biblical admits students of any race, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.


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Firearms and Dangerous Weapons Policy Academic Catalog
Fire Safety Policy Academic Catalog
Missing Dorm Resident Notification Policy Housing Manual
Safeguarding Consumer Information and Access Policy Academic Office
Sexual Harassment Policy Academic Catalog
Sexual Harassment Response Procedures Student Advancement
Timely Warnings Policy Student Advancement

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