Luther Rice College and Seminary

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Luther Rice College & Seminary
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Former name
Luther Rice University
Established 1962 (1962)
Type Private
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
President James Flanagan
Vice-president Jeff McCann
Steven Steinhilber
Louis Hardcastle
Dennis Dieringer
Dean Brad Arnett
Evan Posey
Director Russell Sorrow
Gary Cook
Students 1300
Undergraduates 494
Postgraduates 767
Location Lithonia, GA, United States
Campus Suburban
Language En
Colors          Blue and Gold
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Luther Rice College and Seminary is a private Christian college and seminary in Lithonia, Georgia, part of Metro Atlanta. The school was founded in 1962 by Robert Gee Witty in Jacksonville, Florida. It has an enrollment of about 1,400 students. Through the college and seminary the institution offers bachelor, master's, and doctoral degrees in leadership, counseling, apologetics, Christian worldview, Christian studies, and Christian ministry.[1] The school's catalog states that the institution favors Southern Baptist in doctrine.

Williams Hall on campus of LR

Experience a Fresh Approach to biblical education. Luther Rice has been cultivating an environment of Christian excellence for over 50 years. The faculty and staff believe the Scriptures are the complete, inerrant Word of God, providing students with the knowledge and skillset needed to realize their ministry goals. Luther Rice stands apart by offering all degree programs 100% online or on-campus in Metro Atlanta. Each online course includes concise video lectures from qualified, expert professors—most also have real-world ministry experience. Offering competitive tuition and easy payment plans.

Luther Rice specializes in biblical and religious distance education that can be done 100% online and is listed under "The Best Alternative Programs/Nontraditional Education" in the Comprehensive Guide to the Best Colleges and Universities in the United States, published by the American Council for University Planning and Academic Excellence (ACUPAE).[2]


Graduation day

Robert Gee Witty and five other pastors founded Luther Rice Seminary in 1962 in Jacksonville, Florida. The school was founded to meet the needs of pastors and Christian leaders who could not quit their jobs and uproot their families to go away to seminary. From its inception, Luther Rice Seminary has focused on distance education (online) and external Christian education. Luther Rice delivers distance education through online studies. All degrees except the DMin are available completely through online studies.

The State of Florida granted the school's charter on June 14, 1962. Dr. Witty was elected President of the college in 1970, a position he held until 1982, when he retired to become Chancellor. In May 1993, Dr. James Flanagan became president of Luther Rice Seminary. He holds an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In August 1991, the college moved from Florida to its current location in Metro Atlanta, Georgia.

The school is recognized as being theologically conservative.[3]


Luther Rice is accredited by Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).[4]

Luther Rice University is also a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.[5] TRACS is an accrediting body that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the United States Department of Education, and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

Degrees offered[edit]

According to the Luther Rice website, degrees offered are: Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Worldview
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry


  • Master of Arts in Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Ministry


  • Master of Divinity with Electives
  • Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages
  • Doctor of Ministry

Notable alumni[edit]


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