Welcome to Andersonville Theological Seminary


ATS was founded in 1981 and has been serving Christian workers in the field for more than a quarter of a century. Our mission statement is “To provide a quality Bible-based education to preachers, teachers, and counselors of God’s word so that they might be able to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to disciple Christians in God’s word.” And we have been fulfilling this mission nationwide and across the globe for over 30 years.

What Separates ATS from Other Seminaries?

A Bible Based Education

ATS requires a substantial number of courses be taken in actual exposition of the biblical text. At the Undergraduate level, the Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.), for example, is a 120 hour program requiring forty-two semester hours of biblical exposition. At the graduate level, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Biblical Languages, for example, is a 90 hour program requiring twenty-four semester hours of biblical exposition. And over half of the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) program is Bible exposition. Clearly ATS has made Bible exposition the heart of our programs.

A Time-Proven Distance Education Model

ATS has provided a quality Bible education to students in all 50 states and in over 20 foreign countries for over three decades. With an enrollment of over 3,000 students each semester, ATS has perfected providing these students with courses that can be completed in the comfort of their own home without ever having to leave the field to attend on-campus seminars or classes. The overwhelming majority of the courses are taught through audio-lecture format, taking the students inside a virtual classroom where the professor connects to the student in a direct and engaging way.

A Brief History of ATS

In the early 1980’s, Dr. Jimmy L. Hayes recognized a calling from God to establish a cost-effective Bible-honoring seminary for Christians who were already serving in the field. This seminary was to be a completely distance-based education, delivering audio lectures by qualified Bible teachers on cassette tapes. With a small tape duplicator and his calling from God, Dr. Hayes began Andersonville Baptist Seminary in 1981. Though a new seminary without name or reputation in the Christian community, God blessed ABS and its stances on the Bible and on low tuition prices for active pastors. Students began to enroll in surprising numbers as ABS’s name and reputation spread slowly across the United States.

By the early 1990’s, ABS had students in almost all 50 states and had built a strong reputation in the Christian community. Students from regionally accredited schools began to transfer into ABS, and upon graduating from Andersonville they stated that they had received a quality Bible education of equal or greater value than at other established schools. The seminary’s reputation began to spread by word of mouth, from student to potential student, and the student body of ABS grew in leaps and bounds.

In the 2000’s, Andersonville changed its name from Andersonville Baptist Seminary to Andersonville Theological Seminary. ATS maintained its Baptist doctrine as strongly as ever, as our doctrinal statement so clearly proves. Students continued to enroll at record pace, until the school had over 3,000 students actively enrolled, representing all 50 states and many foreign countries. ATS degrees were being accepted by accredited schools, testifying to the strong reputation of ATS in the Christian community, and literally thousands of ATS pastors and Christian workers were proclaiming the Bible and the gospel to churches across the world.

By 2015, ATS had become a strong seminary, with over 7,300 students actively enrolled. These students represent all 50 states and over 24 foreign countries, with students ranging from Asia to Africa to North and South America. The ATS degree is stronger than ever. And in 2016, ATS has tremendous plans for ATS students. ATS has contracted with a number of professors from Dallas Theological Seminary, Liberty University, and Luther Rice Seminary to complete courses for the ATS graduate programs. These new courses will strengthen the ATS degree programs from the top down, insuring that ATS will be even stronger in the future. Also, ATS is planning to begin to seek accreditation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in 2016, and to seek certification from the Private Council of Colleges of America (CPCA). Both of these credentials will insure that ATS is even more well-received in the coming years.

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