Birmingham Theological Seminary (BTS) was founded in 1972. Dr. Frank Barker, Pastor Emeritus of Briarwood, and Dr. Bill Hay, Pastor Emeritus of Covenant Presbyterian Church, saw the need for men and women to be trained for Christian service, to enrich their personal lives, to increase their knowledge of the things of the Lord and to be better equipped to teach, preach and witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.


Providing sound Biblical and practical theological training to equip leaders for Christ’s Church.
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 and is intentionally engaged in global missions.

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 and in existing Church facilities in the Birmingham area and at extensions around Alabama. 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 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 church staff members.

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