Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is a nonprofit, private institution of higher learning chartered by the State of Florida and governed by a board of trustees. We operate under the guidelines of Florida’s State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities and are exempt from licensure by the State of Florida under section 246.085(3)(a), Florida statutes. The purpose of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is found in the aforementioned charter which states: "The specific and primary purposes for which this corporation is formed are to operate solely to train students in Christian religious disciplines in order to prepare them for educational, ministerial, missionary, and service work and other charitable purposes."
JBTS is uniquely Baptist. Unlike conventional institutions, we have no financial base of support from conventions or associations but enjoy endorsement, commendation, cooperation, and support of many Baptist ministers, denominational leaders, and churches. The seminary faculty and Board of Trustees are committed to Biblical conservatism and evangelical theory.
Our campus is located in Jacksonville, FL at 1165 S. Edgewood Ave. The resident program offers the opportunity for the students to participate in classroom discussion and fellowship.
The external program makes it possible for students to continue their educational goals while living at home. Also, it enables the students to continue their ministry, pastorate, or staff position without attending classes in Jacksonville.
JBTS also has external studies centers in Miami Beach, FL overseen by Dr. Raymond VanderWal and in Tifton, GA overseen by Rev. Kevin Harris.
The Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal Word of God as given by the Holy Spirit. Both the Old and the New Testaments Scriptures are verbally inspired by God and preserved through His providence.
Our true and living God is the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Each is a distinct Person worthy of obedience and worship.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the living God, the Savior of men, born of the Virgin Mary, equal with the Father in divine perfection, and the Lord of every Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, rose again bodily the third day, ascended to the right hand of God the Father, where He now sits in heaven as our Mediator. The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be personal, imminent, bodily, and visible for His church. His return will be pre-millennial and pre-tribulational. At the Second Coming, the living believers and the dead in Christ will be translated and rise to meet Him in the air. He will descend visibly with the saints after the seven year tribulation to establish the earthly millennial kingdom. The has taught us to live in readiness.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, equal with the Father and the Son in divine perfection, who convicts of sin, regenerates, enlightens, endues for service, and comforts and guides believers.
All have sinned, and therefore, are in need of salvation. Salvation is by grace alone and is free to all who, through repentance and faith, surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. All who have been born again become the children of God. Salvation is a gift of God not of human works. At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and the believer is kept by God's power through faith and is eternally secure and will persevere to the end.
Salvation precedes baptism and church membership. Christ personally instituted the church, which He commissioned to make disciples of all nations, to baptize believers, and to teach them to do all things that He had commanded. There are only two Scriptural ordinances: believers' baptism and the Lord's Supper. Believers should be baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death for our sins until He comes again.
The mission of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is to equip and challenge its students to live out the principles of the inerrant, infallible, and sacred Word of God. It is the desire of JBTS to be a vital part of the preparation of each student for the ministry to which they have been called.
The seminary strives to assist and guide students who are committed to living, preaching, and teaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ serve with fervor, longsuffering, and integrity.
Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is transdenominational and admits male and female students of any race, color, age, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students by our administrative and educational policies. Students enroll in degree programs from a broad range of churches and racial backgrounds. Respect for all is a necessary quality of Christian testimony.
Chartered by the State of Florida, Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is a degree granting member of the Florida Council of Private Colleges, Inc. (FCPC) which represent its private, faith based, post secondary educational institution members before any individual, private or government educational organization. The FCPC is an educational association that provides experienced, educational, quality peer review of the following: faculty, academic curriculum, course development, distance learning processes, campus operations, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, application forms, financial information, and student records and transcripts to FCPC standards. Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is exempt of licensure and exempt of the jurisdiction or purview of the Commission of Independent Education (CIE), Florida Board of Education (FBE) in accordance with Chapter 1005, title 1005.06, of the Statutes of the State of Florida. According to item F.S. 1005.06(1) (f) we may operate without governmental oversight if we meet all the requisites described in the Statutes. For verification of all FCPC standards go to www.FCPCAmerica.org.
The secular certification known as the accreditation system essentially grants regulatory oversight of the curriculum offered by educational institutions certified by it. It is the belief of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary as well as the consensus of most Christian vocational educational institutions that curricular certification not be assessed by secular agencies. Furthermore, we believe Christian vocational educational institutions have a United States Constitutional right to establish their curricula according to their own particular doctrinal convictions.
Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited with the Accrediting Commission International, a non-governmental agency which is not recognized by the United States Department of Education.