Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
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|Cooperative Baptist Fellowship|
|Location||Georgetown, Kentucky, United States
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (BSK) is a small, freestanding theological school located on the campus of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. The seminary's mission is to prepare men and women sensing God's leadership for life and ministry in faithful witness to Jesus Christ in the church and the world. Denominational partners include the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (BSK) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The Master of Divinity degree program is approved by the Commission on Accrediting.
During the early to mid-1990s, a confluence of events led a number of Kentucky Baptists to seek new and inventive ways of training ministers that reflected the diversity of Baptist identity and worship in the Commonwealth. The following is a list of significant events in the development of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
- 1995: Baptist ministers and laity gather first in Elizabethtown and then again in Frankfort for the Kentucky Consultation on Baptist Theological Education.
- 1995: A Joint Venture Committee is created by the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship to explore partnership opportunities with existing seminaries in Kentucky and elsewhere.
- 1996: The Joint Venture Committee becomes an autonomous group and secures incorporation from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, creating the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and naming eleven Trustees. The Committee for Baptist Seminary of Kentucky continues to function as the main working group.
- 1997: The Trustees of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky launch a series of meetings around the Commonwealth to ascertain needs and interests.
- 2001: The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky elects long-time Kentucky pastor Dr. Greg C. Earwood as the first president.
- 2002: Classes begin at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington in August with 14 students in the first class. Dr. Dalen Jackson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, becomes Baptist Seminary of Kentucky's first full-time faculty member.
- 2005: The seminary holds its first commencement with three graduates. Dr. E. Glenn Hinson delivers the address to the graduates.
- 2005: On August 1, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky relocates to the campus of Lexington Theological Seminary. While remaining separate institutions with distinctive identities, the two seminaries begin "sharing space and sharing grace."
- 2007: On September 8, the seminary celebrates its Encenia, a celebration of the founding of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
- 2008: On March 10, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky installs Dr. Dalen Jackson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, as the school's first academic dean.
- 2009: On March 6, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky launches the E. Glenn Hinson Lecture Series in honor of his 50th year of theological teaching. Dr. Hinson delivers the inaugural lecture.
- 2010: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky receives Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
- 2010: The seminary relocates to its present location on the campus of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, during the summer.
- 2012: On August 25, the seminary recognizes the completion of its tenth year of classes with a Tenth Anniversary Celebration.
- 2013: The seminary is granted Candidacy for Accredited Status by the ATS Board of Commissioners and begins a two-year period of institutional self-study.
- 2015: In June, the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools grants Baptist Seminary of Kentucky accreditation, approving the Master of Divinity degree program.
- "Member Schools: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky". ats.edu. Retrieved December 15, 2015.