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 located in Plymouth, Minnesota at the national offices of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Bible School[edit]

AFLBS is a two-year college-level institution. 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).

The Bible School has five purposes:

  1. To bring students into and establish them in the assurance of personal salvation in Christ Jesus through the study of God’s Word.
  2. To prepare students to face a secular society in school and community by grounding them in the Word of God.
  3. To help students embrace the truth as found in the Bible, and to reject the theological errors so prevalent today.
  4. To challenge students to seek God’s will in all personal and vocational choices and to pursue the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as given in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.”
  5. To equip students to serve in free and living Lutheran congregations.

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-


The Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary and Bible School is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), having been awarded Candidate Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 21, 2014. This status is effective for up to a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).[3]

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. ^ "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