Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
ATO Chapel on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity
Established 1897
Type Private
Affiliation Evangelical Free Church of America
President David S. Dockery
Students 1,231
Location Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Campus Suburban

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) is a Christian seminary located in Deerfield, in the U.S. state of Illinois. TEDS is one of the largest seminaries in the world, enrolling more than 1,200 graduate students in professional and academic programs, including more than 150 in its PhD programs. The most popular degree at the school (the Master of Divinity degree or MDiv) prepares pastors, teachers, and missionaries for many kinds of service. The school also offers a range of more focused Master of Arts programs in counseling ministries, Christian thought, New Testament, Old Testament, and other disciplines.

TEDS is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. It publishes the Trinity Journal.


Trinity International University traces its roots to 1897 when the Swedish Evangelical Free Church began a ten-week Bible course in the basement of a Chicago church. From those humble origins, the school grew significantly in the early 20th century. Then, during the 1960s, the seminary moved to its present Deerfield campus (just north of Chicago). In 1995, Trinity College (located on the same campus), Trinity College at Miami, Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, Calif., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School were united to form Trinity International University. TEDS also offers degrees through the University's south Chicago regional center as well as extension sites around the U.S.

In his inaugural address in October 2014, Trinity President David S. Dockery called for a fresh commitment to biblical orthodoxy, a historical Christianity shaped by the pattern of Christian truth, and a faithful intercultural, multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and transcontinental evangelicalism that stands or falls on first-order issues.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Gleason Archer - Former Professor of Old Testament and Semitics 1965-1986
  • D. A. Carson - New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament
  • John S. Feinberg - chair of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology
  • Paul D. Feinberg - professor of systematic theology and philosophy of religion
  • James K. Hoffmeier - Egyptologist and professor of Old Testament and ancient near eastern history
  • Harold A. Netland - professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch chair of missions
  • Grant R. Osborne - professor of New Testament and author of The Hermeneutical Spiral
  • Kevin J. Vanhoozer - Research Professor of Systematic Theology
  • S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. - Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology 1980-1985

Notable alumni[edit]

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