Biblical Theological Seminary

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Biblical Theological Seminary
Biblical Theological Seminary logo.jpg
Former name
Biblical School of Theology
Motto Following Jesus into the world.
Type Private, Nonprofit, Christian
Established 1971
President Frank A. James, III
Students 300
Location Hatfield, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Hatfield, Pennsylvania & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Colors Blue & Gold
Affiliations Middle States Commission on Higher Education Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

Biblical Theological Seminary is an interdenominational graduate school of theology in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Biblical is in suburban Philadelphia at the former Hatfield High School campus and it is known for its missional emphasis.


Biblical Seminary began operation in 1971 as the Biblical School of Theology through the shared vision of Allan A. MacRae, a former president of Faith Theological Seminary, and Jack W. Murray, president of Bible Evangelism, Inc. and founder of the now-closed Clearwater Christian College.[1] MacRae and his colleagues became the founding faculty and classes began meeting in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. In 1974 the seminary was granted authority by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees and in 1978 the name was changed to Biblical Theological Seminary.

Frank A. James, III was inaugurated as Biblical's fourth president in 2013.[2] James previously served as provost of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and president of Reformed Theological Seminary prior to that.


The seminary received regional accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1990 [1] and from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1996 [2].

The seminary offers the Master of Arts (M.A.), M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Ministry, Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees.[3] Certificate programs are also offered,[4] as well as online courses.[5] Biblical also offers an Advanced Cultural Studies program that offers classes on the English language, cultural issues, and theological terms.[6]

In addition to the school's regular full-time and part-time faculty, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight served as a visiting professor during the 2006-07 academic term. Previous years have seen scholars such as D.A. Carson and Timothy Keller teach.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Charles Zimmerman III
  • Jeffrey Khoo, principal of Far Eastern Bible College
  • Edward T. Welch, counselor/psychologist and author of several books and numerous articles




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