About Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary


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 State Board of lndependent Colleges and Universities and are exempt from licensure by the State of Florida under section 246.085 (3)(a), Florida statutes.

Located in Jacksonville, FL at 5711 Wesconnett Blvd., our on campus program offers the opportunity for students to participate in classroom discussion and fellowship. In addition, Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary has external study centers and offers an online program for students unable to attend classes on campus.


Mission Statement


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.


Non-Discrimination Policy


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.


Our History


The history of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary (JBTS) has been a chronology of miracles and accomplishments. From its inception many years ago, JBTS has been a dynamic institution. God has seen fit to bless and advance us in tremendous ways. Our concern at JBTS is cultivating the intellect and disciplining the mind. That is why we endeavor to provide a Christ-centered education that is comprehensive, yet practical in approach.

The various courses offered open the door to those called into the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. The full range of undergraduate and graduate studies directs the student to a variety of earned degrees of his or her choice. All are graded on their own accomplishments.

Both resident and external courses are available at JBTS. Students may enroll at any time during the year and may proceed with their studies at their own pace. Students will be able to receive college or seminary training while still retaining their employment, and without having to relocate to a different location. All degrees and diplomas issued by JBTS are the same for both resident and external students.

While the qualities of the programs offered by JBTS are the highest in standards, the prospective student will find that the cost is a fraction of liberal arts colleges and other seminaries.

Life is brief. We need to be applying ourselves every moment of our lives. Of the many things we can do, we should always be doing the best to the glory of our Heavenly Father through Christ. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your best. The student of God’s Word will find that the teachings of JBTS are true to the Bible, standing on the fundamentals of faith. We are here to help you in any way we can.


Campus Locations


Our main campus is located at 5711 Wesconnett Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32244 This 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 has external studies centers in North Miami Beach, FL, Ft. Myers, FL, and  Pompano Beach, FL under the direction of Dr. Ray VanderWal. There is also a Tifton, GA location overseen by Dr. Kevin Harris.

Doctrinal Statement


The Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal word of God as given by the Holy Spirit.  Both the Old and the New Testament scriptures are verbally inspired by God and preserved through His providence.

There is one true and living God existing in three Persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…each 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 will be literal, personal, imminent, bodily and visible for His church.  He has taught us to live in readiness.

The Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity 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.

We believe in the priesthood of the believer.  Every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest.  There is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ.

Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary has rich tradition teaching eschatology from a pre-millennial, dispensational position.  The truths of eschatology should arouse in us watchfulness and alertness in expectation of the future.  But preparation for what is going to happen will also entail diligence in the activities that our Lord has assigned to us.  We should study the scripture intensively and watch developments in our world carefully, so that we may discern God’s working and not be misled.  Agreement is essential on such basic matters as the second coming of Christ and the life hereafter.  On the other hand, our teaching a specific position on such matters as the time of the millennium or the tribulation, should not be made a test of orthodoxy or a condition of Christian fellowship and unity.

The Bible is the primary or supreme source of our understanding, we are not completely excluded from seeing God’s revelation of Himself in general ways such as nature and history as the Bible itself teaches, but these are secondary to the Bible.