PRESIDENT’S WELCOME & MESSAGE
Welcome to Andersonville Theological Seminary, a seminary with a distinguished history and curriculum. I am so glad that you have chosen to become a part of the ATS family, joining a student body of over 3,000 active students and thousands of alumni worldwide.
For over a quarter of a century, I have watched as ATS has grown, beginning from a small unknown Bible school into a seminary with worldwide student body. Over those years, many things have changed at ATS so that our students might have the best opportunities to receive a seminary education while actively serving in the field. Yet, one thing has not changed and will not change, and that is ATS’ commitment to teaching God’s Word in a verse-by-verse style as frequently as is possible in every ATS program. No filler courses will be found in our curriculum; instead our programs are overflowing with actual Bible exposition and exegesis.
In recent years, as ATS has continued to stay on the leading edge of distance Bible education, ATS has expanded its base of available courses to include courses such as Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Christian Counseling, Church Evangelism, and many other courses besides. And all of these courses can be completed while the Christian student is actively serving in the ministry field without the student ever having to leave the field to attend on-campus courses or seminars.
Not only has ATS successfully offered a thorough Bible-based curriculum, but Andersonville has offered our programs at the most affordable tuition rate in the world. Surely, we could charge more for our programs, and we could become like all the other seminaries that have chosen to follow the pattern of secular colleges and universities. Instead, ATS has chosen to continue to keep the active Christian as our focus. This means that Andersonville has chosen to offer scholarships, discounts, payment plans, and low tuition rates for all of our programs and courses. While this has drawn criticism from some within the circle of Christian education, ATS has not waivered from this commitment. And, as all can see, God has richly blessed our stance.
Importantly, I know that there are yet a few seminaries remaining that are striving to teach God’s Word, but I think of these select few, ATS is the best. That being said, ATS is not for every student, for our commitment to the active Christian is accompanied by an even stronger conservative commitment to God’s Holy Word. As our doctrinal statement plainly declares, ATS not only teaches God’s Word, it teaches it as the infallible and inspired word of God in its strongest sense. Like no other book in the world, the Bible is handled as God’s sole written revelation to all humanity and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This is not limited to the intangible originals, but it extends to the very Scripture we can all hold within our very hands today. While this stance may seem out of step with the current mainstream views of other seminaries, ATS unapologetically declares that God’s word is still available and still alive for us today, even as it was for the original audiences ages ago.
As I close, I want to thank you for allowing me to visit with you in these few lines. Should you persevere and graduate with a distinguished ATS degree, I hope that you will attend our on-site graduation so that I might be able personally to hand you your well-earned degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary, the best Bible education in America.
In Christ’s Service,
Jimmy L. Hayes, Th.D.