Founded in 1972, BTS is theologically Reformed, evangelistic in focus and committed to the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. The seminary strives for academic excellence, through a program of instruction which is practical and useful for effective ministry. BTS maintains relationships with several seminaries overseas, is intentionally engaged in global missions, and has an extensive online program available to students overseas.

Founders Dr. Frank Barker and Dr. Bill Hay

The BTS faculty is composed of pastors and others in full-time ministry who serve the seminary on an adjunct basis. Classes are held at Briarwood Presbyterian Church (main campus) and in existing Church facilities in the Birmingham area and at extensions around Alabama (Calhoun County, Demopolis, Dothan, Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa). These two unique features combine to produce practical theological training at a cost of less than 20% of the national average for seminary tuition. The faculty and student body represent a remarkable ethnic and denominational diversity.

The BTS student body is composed of lay leaders interested in learning more about theology and individuals called to full-time vocational ministry. Classes are offered in the evenings, early mornings and by distance education. Most BTS students take classes on a part-time basis, and many students are already serving churches as full-time or bi-vocational pastoral staff members.

BTS is a member of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS). ARTS is a growing accrediting association comprised of graduate institutions that hold to the doctrines of the Reformed faith.

Credits from BTS have been accepted at several evangelical institutions subject to the policies and degree requirements of each school. The student who expects to receive a degree from an institution other than BTS should write for specific information concerning applicability of work taken at BTS. Several major seminaries have been willing to either accept transfer credit from BTS or recognize a BTS degree as the prerequisite for pursuing a more advanced degree.

BTS Faculty Member, George Shamblin

The curriculum has been designed to fulfill the requirements of the uniform curriculum of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The Theological Education Committee of the PCA’s General Assembly has approved the program. Thus graduates of BTS are eligible for ordination in any presbytery of the PCA.

In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, BTS offers the following Master degree programs: Apologetics, Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, and Ministry. Certificate programs are available for those desiring training without the full course credit or who do not have a qualified bachelor’s degree required for admission to a Master’s program. Doctor of Ministry programs are also available. Details of these programs are supplied in the catalog. Any course is open to qualified persons either with or without academic credit.

BTS 2014 Graduates

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