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George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University

George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University

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As a professional school of Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary subscribes to the university’s mission statement “to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.”

The seminary’s purpose is to provide theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Doctor of Ministry or the Master of Theological Studies degree that is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world.

ATS Accreditation Status: Accredited

1100 South 3rd Street
One Bear Place #97126
Waco, TX 76798-7126

Phone: 254-710-3755, 800-229-5678
Fax: 254-710-3753

David E. Garland, Dean Ph: 254-710-6243
W. Dennis Tucker Jr., Associate Dean and current Acting Dean Ph: 254-710-7346

Denomination: Baptist General Convention of Texas, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 453 (300.4 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 18
Faculty Part-Time: 15

Approved Degrees: MDiv, MTS (preliminary), DMin

Comprehensive distance education program: no

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  1. Seven years ago I enrolled in George W. Truett Theolgoical Seminary. It was a risky decision for me. I knew little about Christianity as a whole, much less Baptist Christianity. I was turned on to the seminary by professors at East Texas Baptist University. Until then, I was not aware the institution existed, or what it stood for and how it differed from other institutions.

    This decision set me on a course to be a pastor within the Baptist tradition. A tradition, that I would soon learn, has a complicated and nuanced history. Some have claimed Truett is merely a reactionary institution, emerging from the Southern Baptist wars that are barely a memory in the thoughts of people my age. To that I would say that every movement is a reaction to something. The key element that has made me grateful to be associated with Truett is not what it is against, but rather what it encourages and affirms.

    If I learned anything from my seminary days, it is that just because something is different, that does not mean it is inherently bad or wrong.

    Herein lies the great ethos I’ve come to appreciate about my alma-mater: it’s extremely difficult to “pigeonhole.” When struggling with making the decision to attend, I remember hearing things from various sources regarding the school: “it’s too liberal;” “it’s too conservative;” “it’s too young;” “it’s too small;” “it’s not Baptist.” I prefer to define Truett not by WHAT it is, but by WHO it is.

    It is the “Texas Baptist” pastor that seeks to minister to a rural community in a small church; it is the church starter in the middle of a poverty-sticken urban metropolis; it is people serving in remote places you will never hear about, and award winners in the center of denominational life; it is men and women living out the call God has placed on their life.

    And in the midst of its vast representation, it is a family that seeks to continually support and encourage its alumni.

    PS – I plan on returning to complete a D.min in the fall of 2014.

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