The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary (BMATS) is devoted to serving Christ in the expansion of His Kingdom by providing biblically faithful theological training to its denominational leaders, as well as to aspiring ministry leaders from the larger Christian community. Here are some of the updated ways we are accomplishing this goal:
• State of the Art Facilities. Thanks to Central Baptist College, our undergraduate sister institution and campus host, we have access to brand new facilities featuring classroom and campus networking technologies on the forefront of theological education.
• Cutting Edge Education. Modern and traditional educational models provide options for traditional and seminar-style courses, hybrid in-class/online options, and extensive online course offerings with some programs available entirely online for distance education learners. The Arkansas campus offers all courses for the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), and Master of Arts in Church Ministries programs, depending on the ministry goals of the student, and is fully accredited regionally (SACS) and nationally (ATS).
• Faculty. Access to specialists with both academic and ministry expertise on the frontlines where Christianity and culture meet, including church planters, pastors, counselors, theologians, Bible language specialists, and other experts in the traditional divisions of the theological curriculum. Our multi-site seminary allows for faculties on each campus, while providing the student access to the larger BMATS faculty at both locations.
For 2014 BMATS Arkansas has a new and expanded faculty: R. Brian Rickett (M.Div. Th.M. Old Testament; Th.D. studies, Old Testament; D.Min. studies, Christian Worldview and Cultural Engagement) will serve not only as Professor of Biblical Studies, but as BMATS Arkansas Administrator.
Dr. Andrew Snider (Th.D. Systematic Theology) will serve as Professor of Theological-Historical Studies.
Serving on the faculty as adjunct professors are: Dr. Scott Attebery (D.Min. Outreach and Discipleship) as Professor of Church Ministries, Dr. Steve Crawley (Ph.D. Leadership Studies) as Professor of Church Ministries, and Dr. Gary O’Neal (Ph.D. New Testament) as Professor of Biblical Studies.
Also on staff are Janet Rickett (B.S.E., M.A. Biblical Counseling) Director of Arkansas Seminary Wives and Women’s Studies, and Zach Nance (M.Div., Th.M. Philosophy of Religion/Presuppositional Apologetics), recruiter/administrative support specialist.
• Specialized Learning. BMA Seminary offers a variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom. On the Texas campus, endowed lectureship series, the Paschal Lectures in the fall semester and the Brand and Darby-Beal Lectureship in the spring semester have featured noted lecturers, such as R. Albert Mohler, Tom Nettles, Billie Hanks Jr., and Paige Patterson. These lectureships are available remotely on the Arkansas campus.
Discipleship programs are also regularly offered. For example, on the Arkansas Campus, seminars such as an Advanced Summer Hebrew Reading Seminar has been offered free of charge to qualified students; there is a women’s ministry/seminary wives fellowship led by women with academic and church ministry credentials and experience; and specialists have been brought in, such as John D. Street, Chairman of the Biblical Counseling program from The Master’s College.
• Theological Distinctives. Informed, scholarly, conservative, Baptist theological and biblical convictions drive the seminary faculty as they train aspiring ministry leaders to faithfully and skillfully navigate the contemporary challenges facing the BMAA and evangelicalism generally. We are characterized by progressive pedagogical models while maintaining fidelity to our doctrinal statement and denominational heritage.
• Cost. We are committed to making theological training available to aspiring Christian leaders. Accordingly, all students regardless of denominational or church affiliation pay the same low price of $160 per credit hour ($480 per course), which is the lowest cost of any ATS accredited evangelical seminary in the United States. This is possible thanks to generous denominational and donor support.
• Go to the Admissions page today to get started, or call us for more information regarding the new Arkansas campus of BMATS: (800) 259-5673.