Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Coordinates: 35°10′57″N 89°48′52″W / 35.18256°N 89.814434°W / 35.18256; -89.814434 Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary prepares students for vocational ministry. It provides associate, masters and doctorate theological degrees, and is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The main campus is located in Cordova in Shelby County, Tennessee (east of the City of Memphis), with a branch campus in Schenectady, New York and an extension campus in Oxford, Mississippi.

It adheres to the theology of the Baptist Faith and Message and the conservative wing of the Southern Baptist Convention, but is not formally affiliated or operated by the SBC in any way.



The school was founded in 1971 as the "School of the Prophets" in Louisiana, but no classes were held. The following year it was moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and the name was changed to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1976 the school moved to Memphis, Tennessee, on the old campus of Temple Israel.[1] In 1996 the school moved to a larger campus in South Germantown, Tennessee in the quarters of the old Germantown Baptist Church. In 2006 the school moved to Cordova, Tennessee across the street from the Bellevue Baptist Church into a new $28 million facility located on 51 acres (35 donated by Bellevue and 16 purchased by the Seminary).[1][2]


MABTS offers the following degrees:

  • Associate of Divinity
  • Associate of Christian Education
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Missiology
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Christian Education
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Philosophy


  1. ^ http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=5317173 Moon, Melissa (August 2006) "Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary Goes High Tech" WREG Channel 3 News;
  2. ^ Sheffield, Michael and Aldinger, Jane (15 October 2004) "Seminary launches campus adjacent to Bellevue Baptist" Memphis Business Journal;

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