Phillips Theological Seminary

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Phillips Theological Seminary
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Motto Cultivating Vital Communities, Vital Conversations, and the Public Good
Established 1906 (Founded)
1987 (Incorporated)
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Endowment US$21.6 million[1]
President Gary Peluso-Verdend
Academic staff 14 (full time)
33 (total)
Students 145 (2011)
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Campus Urban
Former names College of the Bible of Phillips University
Graduate Seminary of Phillips University
Phillips Graduate Seminary
Disciples of Christ Chalice 1.svg

Phillips Theological Seminary, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a theological seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). [2][3] The seminary is a remnant of the now defunct Phillips University.


Phillips Theological Seminary originated in 1906 as part of Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, a liberal arts college and graduate school affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In its early years, the seminary was known as the College of the Bible of Phillips University.[3][4] In 1951, the Association of Theological Schools accredited the seminary, which became known as The Graduate Seminary of Phillips University.[5] The seminary began offering distance classes at the University of Tulsa in 1986.[6] In 1987, Phillips Graduate Seminary incorporated as a freestanding institution independent of Phillips University.[7] The Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Phillips Theological Seminary in 1995.[8] The following year, the Board of Trustees voted to move the seminary to Tulsa.[9] Phillips Theological Seminary acquired its current campus in 2002 when the QuikTrip Corporation donated its former corporate headquarters to the seminary.[10]

The seminary's namesake, Phillips University, filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on April 1, 1998 and closed four months later.[11] It was named for businessman and philanthropist T.W. Phillips of Butler, PA who financed the university in its early years.[12] Phillips Theological Seminary houses the transcripts of the alumni of Phillips University.[13]


Degrees conferred by the seminary include the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry & Culture, and Doctor of Ministry. [14]Additionally, a wide array of certificates and graduate diplomas are conferred.[15]

In addition to providing pastoral training for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the seminary also provides pastoral training for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Bridges of Faith Endowment Campaign". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  2. ^ "Identity, Mission and Values". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  3. ^ a b Bill Sherman, "A seminary's best friends," Tulsa World, February 21, 2009
  4. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  5. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  6. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  7. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  8. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  9. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  10. ^ "History". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  11. ^ Northern Oklahoma College moves on Enid campus, Associated Press, June 18, 1999.
  12. ^ Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society Online Edition, Oklahoma State University Library Electronic Publishing Center
  13. ^ "transcripts". Phillips University Legacy Foundation. 
  14. ^ "Phillips Theological Seminary Spring 2013 Catalog". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  15. ^ "Phillips Theological Seminary Spring 2013 Catalog". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  16. ^ "Ministerial Formation-Presbyterian". Phillips Theological Seminary. 
  17. ^ "Ministerial Formation". Phillips Theological Seminary. 

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