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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
AffiliationSouthern Baptist Convention
PresidentDaniel L. Akin
ProvostKeith Whitfield[1]
Location, ,
United States

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is a Baptist theological institute in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.[2] in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It was created in 1950 to meet a need in the SBC's East Coast region.[3] It was voted into existence on May 19, 1950, at the SBC annual meeting[4] and began offering classes in the fall of 1951[4] on the original campus of Wake Forest University (then Wake Forest College) in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The undergraduate program is called The College at Southeastern.[5] The current president is Daniel L. Akin.

It has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 1958[6] and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1978.[7]


Binkley Chapel
Jacumin-Simpson Missions Center

The seminary, under the presidency of Sydnor L. Stealey, began offering classes in 1951 on the campus of Wake Forest College.[4] When the college moved in 1956 to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Southeastern acquired the whole campus.[3] In 1963, Stealey retired and Olin T. Binkley was elected the new president.[4] Under his leadership, the Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree transitioned into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, and the Master of Religious Education (MRE) and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees were instituted. Binkley was also an equal-rights supporter.[8] He retired in 1974 and was succeeded by W. Randall Lolley. During his presidency, enrollment at the seminary more than doubled. Under demands from an increasingly fundamentalist Board of Trustees, Lolley resigned in 1987 and was succeeded the following year by Lewis A. Drummond.[4] Billy Graham attended Drummond's inauguration.[9] 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 L. Paige Patterson, a theological and political conservative,[10][11] who reorganized the seminary on conservative lines, as well as upgrading degree programs and introducing doctoral degrees.[3] Patterson's years at the school were another season of growth. He took the same position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004,[3] being replaced by Daniel L. Akin, the school's current president,[12] who has taken a similar approach.[3]

Lea Laboratory was built in 1887–88, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[13]

The seminary was granted an exception to Title IX in 2016, allowing it to legally discriminate against LGBT students for religious reasons.[14]

In 2017, a campus was established in the Nash Correctional Institution prison in Nashville, North Carolina. [15]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Whitfield, Keith. "Keith Whitfield". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  2. ^ Southern Baptist Convention - Southern Baptist Seminaries
  3. ^ a b c d e William H. Brackney (2008), Congregation and campus: Baptists in higher education, Mercer University Press, pp. 304–305.
  4. ^ a b c d e SEBTS web site: History Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The College at Southeastern
  6. ^ ATC web site Archived 2011-08-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "SACS web site". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  8. ^ David Stricklin (1999), A genealogy of dissent: Southern Baptist protest in the twentieth century, University Press of Kentucky, p. 44.
  9. ^ Jennifer Smart (2008), Wake Forest, Arcadia Publishing, p. 91.
  10. ^ Oran P. Smith (2000), The Rise of Baptist Republicanism, NYU Press, p. 54.
  11. ^ Walter B. Shurden and Randy Shepley (1996), Going for the jugular: a documentary history of the SBC holy war, Mercer University Press, p. xix.
  12. ^ "About", Dr. Akin, SEBTS, 2011-09-28[dead link]
  13. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  14. ^ "Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth". Campus Pride. 17 May 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  15. ^ Jordan Bianchi, At a North Carolina prison, Joe Gibbs' ministry program is giving inmates a new purpose, The Athletic, US, January 10, 2022
  16. ^

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