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Covenant Theological Seminary
Established 1956
Type Private
President Bryan Chapell
Students 812
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Campus Suburban
Affiliations Presbyterian Church in America, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

Covenant Theological Seminary is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). It is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and its purpose is to train leaders for work in the church and the world — especially as pastors, missionaries, and counselors. It does not require all students to be members of the PCA, but it is loyal to the teachings of its denomination. Faculty must subscribe to the system of doctrine as outlined in the Westminster Standards.



The seminary was originally established by Christians in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, (which later merged with the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America to form Reformed Presbyterian Church-Evangelical Synod), who believed that their denomination, born out of resistance to rising liberal influences, needed a strong theological school of its own. In 1956, Covenant Seminary began with eleven students on a plot of land a few miles west of St. Louis, Missouri. The seminary continued to grow in both size and reputation in the years that followed. In 1982, following another denominational merger (known as the "joining and receiving") between the Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America, Covenant Seminary became the national seminary of the PCA, which elects and oversees the work of the seminary's Board of Trustees. Prior to that merger, the PCA had largely been served by Jackson, Mississippi's Reformed Theological Seminary.

Notable alumni include W. Todd Akin, United States Representative from Missouri (2001- ).


As a fully accredited seminary by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973[1] and Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in 1983,[2] Covenant offers several academic degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (in Educational Ministries, Theological Studies, Counseling, or Exegetical Theology), Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry.

The seminary is doctrinally committed to the Reformed faith and Covenant Theology, and it believes the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant word of God.

The seminary is also home to the Francis Schaeffer Institute, which encourages Christians to engage contemporary culture in a compassionate way with the truth-claims of the gospel.


The current faculty includes:

  • C.D. "Jimmy" Agan
  • Brian Aucker
  • Jerram Barrs
  • Hans Bayer
  • Robert Burns
  • David Calhoun
  • Bryan Chapell
  • David Chapman
  • Tasha Chapman
  • C. John Collins
  • Mark Dalbey
  • Philip Douglass
  • Donald Guthrie
  • Michael Honeycutt
  • Nelson Jennings
  • Daniel Kim
  • Bradley Matthews
  • Gregory Perry
  • Robert Peterson
  • Jay Sklar
  • Michael Williams
  • Richard Winter
  • Daniel Zink

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Coordinates: 38°38′37″N 90°27′08″W / 38.6437°N 90.4521°W / 38.6437; -90.4521



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