About Us


historyDr. Jimmy L. Hayes founded ATS in 1981 with a very simple mission in his heart: “To provide a quality Bible education to pastors and Christian workers serving in the ministry and in the field of service so that they might be equipped to build up the Body of Christ, His Church, through sound biblical proclamation.” With this mission before him, Dr Hayes began Andersonville Baptist Seminary, hiring conservative faculty to assist him in preparing sound biblical teaching through audio cassette tape lectures. Within a year, God truly blessed Andersonville with many students, and the seminary grew substantially as word of mouth spread the news of the great Andersonville program. MORE…

What We Offer

While abstract theological concepts or abstract ministry principles can be complimentary to ministry work, the true foundation of all ministry work must be God’s word, studied as inspired and complete. Andersonville Theological Seminary offers just such studies, with each program being centered upon God’s word, taught by professors well-versed in both academic studies and practical ministry work.

ATS Distance Education Formats

All ATS courses are offered by time-proven Distance Education formats. Many of the courses are fully online, offered through an interactive learning management system. All other courses are offered through a digital link through which students can download the course materials directly to their computers.


Please take the time to read the information provided in this section. ATS truly wants you to choose the right seminary, and this guide will hopefully aid you greatly in following God’s direction.

choosingWith literally thousands of seminaries from which to choose, how should you select a seminary to complete your degree? Tens of thousands of students ask this question as they surf the web, talk with fellow Christians, and visit campuses across the nation. Yet, in the end, many students are frustrated by the maze of choices, never knowing if they have made the best choice for themselves and their families. But Andersonville Theological Seminary wants to help you find the right seminary for you. The next step is to pray for God’s leading in selecting the right seminary from those seminaries that stand upon the correct doctrine. While there are a few seminaries that hold to the correct doctrine, there are other factors to consider such as cost and academic schedule. Finally, consider the school’s reputation. Does it have a strong history of being accepted in the Christian world? Has it stood the test of time? If you prayerfully consider these aspects of potential seminaries, God will bless you, and you will find the right seminary for you! May God bless you as you consider ATS as your seminary family. more…   

The ATS Philosophy

philosophyAndersonville Theological Seminary believes that actively serving God in the field is of greatest importance. To this end, we have developed a program of study that allows pastors, teachers, and counselors to earn their seminary degrees from their own homes while continuing to actively serve in the field.

Our program, however, has always been grounded upon the firm belief that in order to be useful to active Christians, it must be centered upon actual study of the Scriptures as God’s holy and infallible word. more…