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Not to be confused with Master's College of Theology.

For The Master's College, see: The Master's College

THE MASTER'S SEMINARY
Gold TMS Logo.jpg
Motto We Train Men Because Lives Depend on It
Established 1986
Type Theological Seminary
President John F. MacArthur
Dean Richard L. Mayhue
Academic staff 17
Students 385
Location Sun Valley, CA, USA
Campus Urban (Los Angeles)
Affiliations

WSCUC

The Master's College

Grace Community Church
Website www.tms.edu

The Master’s Seminary (TMS), the graduate seminary division of The Master’s College and Seminary (TMCS), is located on the campus of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The Master's Seminary opened its doors in fall 1986 under the leadership of John F. MacArthur, known worldwide as a master Bible expositor, church leader, and author. The seminary launched its inaugural year with 95 students and four full-time faculty members. Since then, the faculty and administration has expanded to 17 full-time members. At the same time, the student population has increased from 95 to almost 400.

During this period of steady growth, the seminary has maintained a singular commitment to its core purpose of training men and trainers of men for a ministry in biblical exposition and pastoral work. Over 1300 graduates now minister on six continents, with approximately 85% ministering in a full-time capacity and one-eighth of those serving overseas. Since the beginning of the seminary in 1986, the library has grown from a church library of just 7,000 volumes, to a major biblical and theological studies collection of over 350,000 volumes. Additionally, access to a wide breadth of online databases allows for researching almost two million other full-text resources. In March 1998, the seminary completed construction of its own facility on the church campus. The 32,000 square foot building houses the seminary administrative and faculty offices, library, studio facilities, and smaller class and seminar rooms. The Master's Seminary first received WASC accreditation in 1988 and in 2009 received an eight-year reaccreditation. The seminary is organized around four degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Theology (added in 1992), Doctor of Theology (added in 2000), and Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching (added in 2004). The last three programs were added after a process of substantive change and subsequent WASC approval.

The Master’s College (TMC) began as Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary in 1927. In 1959, the campus relocated to Newhall, CA. In the 1950s, an undergraduate program was developed. During the process of acquiring accreditation from WASC in the early 1970s, it was decided that the original seminary would separate and relocate (becoming Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, WA). The college remained and became Los Angeles Baptist College. After Dr. John MacArthur became president of the college in 1985, the name of the school was changed to The Master’s College. The central college campus remains in Newhall (now incorporated as the city of Santa Clarita), while TMS has been located on the church campus from its beginning.'"[1]

The Master's Seminary and courtyard, located on the campus of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Doctrinal Beliefs[edit]

Theologically, The Master's Seminary is conservative and evangelical, affirming biblical inerrancy, a Reformed view of soteriology, and a Dispensational, premillennial position in eschatology. They have an extremely thorough doctrinal statement, which covers all aspects of their beliefs in a systematic fashion. All members of the Board of Directors, Seminary Administration, and Faculty must annually sign a statement affirming complete agreement with the doctrinal statement. The belief system is incorporated in the instructional tenents of their programs, emphasizing intense study of the Biblical languages in preparation for expository preaching.[2]

The chapel at The Master's Seminary

Academic Programs and Accreditation[edit]

The Master's Seminary is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).[3] It offers the following degree programs:[4]

  • Diploma of Theology (for those with no undergraduate credits)
  • Bachelor of Theology (for those with only 60 units of undergraduate credit)
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Theology (emphasis in either Old Testament, New Testament, Theological Studies, or Bible Exposition)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching
  • Doctor of Theology (emphasis in either Old Testament, New Testament, or Theological Studies)
A view of the reference section of The Master's Seminary Library.

The Master's Seminary Library[edit]

The seminary library began in 1986 with 7,000 volumes. The collection been built into a major biblical and theological studies collection of over 350,000 volumes. The library collection is available online through the Voyager and Primo Systems of Ex Libris. The library provides access to a wide variety of research databases including ATLA, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), Early American Imprints, Ad Fontes LIbrary of Classic Protestant Texts, and others.

A view of the English Bible Collection room, including a wall poster of the History of the English Bible

The collection also has a room dedicated to the History of the English Bible and has examples of the Bibles in English from the era of 1523 to 1611. The collection includes a 1611 King James Bible the so-called "He Bible", several editions of the Geneva Bible, along with originals and facsimiles of The Wycliffe Bible (1382), the Tyndale Bible (1523), the Coverdale Bible (1535), Matthew's Bible (1537), the Great Bible (1539), and the Bishops' Bible (1568).

King James Bible, 1611, "He" Bible. A typographical error in Ruth 3:15 had the text read, "and he went into the city" instead of the proper "and she went into the city." The error was corrected in a subsequent printing in 1611.
The Master's Seminary Journal has been published for 25 years.

The Master's Seminary Journal[edit]

Begun in 1990, The Master's Seminary Journal (ISSN #1066-3959) is a publication of the faculty of The Master's Seminary. It is published semi-annually and contains articles dealing with the Biblical text, theology, and issues related to pastoral ministry. It also contains reviews of current books and significant articles relating to these issues.[5]

The Master's Seminary Journal (MSJ) is indexed and abstracted in all of the leading research tools including: Elenchus Bibliographicus Biblicus of Biblica, Christian Periodical Index, Guide to Social Science & Religion in Periodical Literature, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts. It is also indexed in the ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Religion Database and it is also included in the full-text ATLASerials.

An annual lecture series by the seminary faculty is presented in chapel services in the spring and then published with full research documentation in the fall issue of the journal. Those series have included:[6]

Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series[edit]

Since 1990 the seminary has hosted their Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series, a course taught by a visiting professor noted for expertise in a particular field of biblical or theological studies.

  • 1990 S. Lewis Johnson Jr., "Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament"
  • 1991 Homer Kent, "Exposition of Acts"
  • 1992 Robert L. Saucy, "Dispensational Theology"
  • 1993 Kenneth L. Barker, "Scope of OT Theology as Fulfilled in Chrst's First and Second Advents"
  • 1994 John A. Sproule, "Exposition of Hebrews"
  • 1995 John Woodbridge, "History of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism"
  • 1996 Stanley D. Tousaint, "Exposition of Galatians"
  • 1997 Walter C. Kaiser Jr., "Old Testament Ethics"
  • 1998 George W. Knight III, "Studies in the Pastoral Epistles"
  • 1999 John Feinberg, "Continuity and Discontinuity Between the Testaments
  • 2000 Thomas R. Edgar, "Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Acts and First Corinthians"
  • 2001 Eugene H. Merrill, "Theology of the Pentateuch"
  • 2002 Harold Hoehner, "Exposition of Ephesians"
  • 2003 Wayne Grudem, "Biblical Manhood and Womanhood"
  • 2004 Steven Lawson, "Preaching from the Psalms"
  • 2005 R. Kent Hughes, "Paul's Concept of Ministry in Second Corinthians"
  • 2006 Ralph Alexander, "Exposition of Ezekiel"
  • 2007 John D. Hannah, "Life of Jonathan Edwards"
  • 2008 Douglas J. Moo, "Exposition of James"
  • 2009 Daniel Block, "Worship in the Old Testament"
  • 2010 Bruce A. Ware, "Universal Reign of the Triune God"
  • 2011 Charlie Dyer, "Exposition of Jeremiah and Lamentations"
  • 2012 John Feinberg, "Issues in Christian Ethics"
  • 2013 Robert Yarborough, "Exposition of John Epistles"
  • 2014 Duane Garrett, "Exposition of Job"
  • 2015 Larry D. Pettegrew, "Contemporary Evangelicalism" (forthcoming)

Faculty[edit]

  • John MacArthur, President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
  • Richard L. Mayhue, Senior Vice-President and Dean, Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Theology
  • Irvin Busenitz, Vice President for Academic Administration, Professor of Old Testament and Bible Exposition
  • Dennis M. Swanson, Vice President for Library, Academic Assessment, and Operations
  • Ray Mehringer, Dean of Students

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