Missio Seminary

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Missio Seminary
Former name
Biblical Theological Seminary
MottoFollowing Jesus into the world
TypePrivate, Nonprofit, Christian
PresidentFrank A. James, III
Location, ,
ColorsGreen and Grey
AffiliationsMiddle States Commission on Higher Education, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
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Missio Seminary is an interdenominational graduate school of theology known for its missional emphasis. Missio is currently located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) at the former Hatfield High School campus. The seminary was previously known as Biblical Theological Seminary. In May 2018 it announced that it would change its name to Missio Seminary (effective October 2018) and relocate to a new facility in the Logan Square neighborhood of Philadelphia (in summer 2019).[1]


Missio Seminary was founded in 1971 as the Biblical School of Theology by Jack W. Murray, president of Bible Evangelism, Inc. and founder of the now-closed Clearwater Christian College, and Allan A. MacRae, a former president of Faith Theological Seminary, who served as the seminary's first president.[2][3] The former E.B. Laudenslager public school in Hatfield, Pennsylvania was renovated to house the new school. In 1978 the name was changed to Biblical Theological Seminary.

Frank A. James, III was inaugurated as Biblical's fourth president in 2013.[4] James previously served as provost of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and president of Reformed Theological Seminary.


The seminary received regional accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1990[5] and from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1996.[6]

The seminary offers the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees.[7] Certificate programs are also offered, as well as online courses.

In addition to the school's regular full-time and part-time faculty, various prominent scholars have served as visiting professors or adjunct faculty, including Scot McKnight, D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller and Peter Enns.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dave Dunbar, pastor, scholar, and former president of Biblical Theological Seminary
  • Charles Zimmerman III, teaching pastor of Calvary Church in Souderton, PA
  • Paul Miller, executive director of seeJesus and author of numerous books including A Praying Life
  • Jeffrey Khoo, principal of Far Eastern Bible College
  • Edward T. Welch, counselor/psychologist and author of several books and numerous articles
  • Paul C. H. Lim, Professor of Vanderbilt University
  • Osvaldo O. Marino Psy.D., president of Doxa International University
  • J.R. Briggs, pastor, church planter, author, and currently leading Kairos Partnerships




  1. ^ "A New Place and a New Name". www.facebook.com. May 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  2. ^ "History," www.bibical.edu, Archived March 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Honoring Our Heritage | Biblical Seminary". www.biblical.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  4. ^ "Biblical Seminary in Hatfield Borough transitioning to new president". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  5. ^ Ltd., Info724. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". www.msche.org. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  6. ^ "Biblical Theological Seminary | The Association of Theological Schools". www.ats.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  7. ^ "All Programs Available at Biblical Seminary". www.biblical.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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Coordinates: 40°16′54″N 75°18′14″W / 40.2816°N 75.3038°W / 40.2816; -75.3038