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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Established 1950
Type Private, Baptist
President Daniel L. Akin
Location Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA
Affiliations Southern Baptist Convention
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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is a seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention.[1] It was voted into existence on May 19, 1950 at the SBC annual meeting[2] and began offering classes in the fall of 1951[3] on the original campus of Wake Forest University in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The undergraduate program is called The College at Southeastern.[4] The current president is Dr. Daniel L. Akin.

It has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 1958 and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1978.



The seminary, under the presidency of Dr. Sydnor L. Stealey, began offering classes in 1951 on the campus of Wake Forest College. When the college moved in 1956 to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Southeastern inherited the whole campus. In 1963, Stealey retired and Dr. Olin T. Binkley was elected the new president. Under his leadership, the Bachelor of Divinity degree transitioned into the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Religious Education and the Doctor of Ministry degrees were instituted. He retired in 1974 and was succeeded by Dr. W. Randall Lolley. During his presidency, enrollment at the seminary more than doubled. Lolley resigned in 1987 and was succeeded the following year by Dr. Lewis A. Drummond. Drummond's time was marked by a large amount of turnover in the faculty and a decline in enrollment. He retired in the spring of 1992. The fifth elected president of Southeastern was Dr. L. Paige Patterson. Patterson's years at the school were another season of growth. He retired in summer of 2003 and the following year Dr. Daniel L. Akin, the school's current president, was elected.


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Coordinates: 35°58′52″N 78°30′43″W / 35.981°N 78.512°W / 35.981; -78.512



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