Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary

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Association Free Lutheran Bible School
Established 1966 in Plymouth, Minnesota
Dean Pastor Joel Rolf
Location Plymouth[1], Minnesota
tuition, $9,300/year [2]

Association Free Lutheran Bible School and the Association of Free Lutheran Theological Seminary are accredited theological seminary schools located in Plymouth, Minnesota at the national offices of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Bible School[edit]

AFLBS is a two-year seminary institution that is college accredited.[3] It was established in 1966 by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. AFLC church founders sought to establish education for young Christians in the Bible before college, in efforts to help believers to "win, build and equip". Currently the enrollment is approximately 120 students. AFLBS students have attended from outside of the United States including Canada, Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ecuador, Tanzania, Norway, Haiti, Bolivia and Brazil. The Bible school is a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA).

Deans of the AFLBS[edit]

Name Term
John Strand 1966-1967
Richard Snipstead 1968-1974
Ken Moland 1975-1984
Donald Greven 1985-1996
James L. Johnson 1996-2006
Joel Rolf 2006-


The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations established a theological seminary committed to historic Lutheran theology. The seminary opened in September 1964. The Free Lutheran Seminary only admits men into the school. Student attended seminary classes for 3 years. The fourth year is an internship at one of the AFLC churches.

As an institution of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, the Seminary believes and teaches that: The Bible is the divinely inspired, revealed, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God and as such is trustworthy in all its parts and is the supreme and only rule of faith and practice. The Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, and Luther's Small Catechism are faithful expositions of the truths of Scripture. The local congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth. It teaches there is no authority above itself except the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Deans of the AFLTS[edit]

Name Term
Dr. Iver B. Olson 1965-1971
Rev. Amos O. Dyrud 1971-1981
Dr. Francis W. Monseth 1981-2013
Rev. Robert L. Lee 2013-2015
Rev. Wade Mobley 2015-2017
Dr. James Molstre 2017


The Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary and Bible School is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), is currently in Candidate Status for two year collegiate level institution. It received candidacy status by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 21, 2014. This status is effective for up to a period of five years while under review by the TRACS agency. TRACS is a religious based accreditation organization focusing entirely on accrediting primarily small Christian seminaries.[4]

As a result of this status, students are not eligible for Federal financial aid including Federal Student Loans.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AFLBS Contact Information". AFLBS. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ "AFLBS Overview". AFLBS. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Member Institutions (showing accreditation status)". Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Accreditation". Association Free Lutheran Bible School & Seminary. 

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Coordinates: 45°00′55.5″N 93°25′04.6″W / 45.015417°N 93.417944°W / 45.015417; -93.417944