History

Since 1859, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has been at the forefront of theological education, its influence spanning the globe.

Explore with us more than a hundred years of history.

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Foundation

1859 – 1878

Fulfilled Promise

1878 – 1899

Denominational Leadership

1899 – 1928

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Endurance and Expansion

1928 –1950

Denominational Stewardship

1950 – 1981

Contested Ground

1981 – 1993

Renewal

1993 –
present

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In December 2018, Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler, Jr. released to the public an in-depth study into the nature and prevalence of slavery and racism throughout the history of the school.

Are you ready to become a pastor, counselor, or church leader who is Trusted for Truth?

Preview Day

Friday, April 12