Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is an evangelical theological seminary in Dallas, Texas. It is known for popularizing Free grace theology and the theological system dispensationalism. DTS has campuses in Dallas, Houston, and Washington, D.C., as well as extension campuses in Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, Nashville, Northwest Arkansas, Europe, Guatemala, and Australasia and a multi-lingual online education program.
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DTS was founded as Evangelical Theological College in 1924 by Rollin T. Chafer and his brother, Lewis Sperry Chafer, who taught the first class of thirteen students, and William Henry Griffith Thomas, who was to have been the school's first theology professor but died before the first classes began. Their vision was a school where expository Bible preaching was taught simply, and under Chafers' leadership, DTS pioneered one of the first four-year degrees in theology, the Master of Theology (Th.M.). The present location of the school was purchased in 1926 and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) program was started in 1927. Chafer remained president until his death in 1952.
DTS has continually published a quarterly entitled Bibliotheca Sacra initially edited by Rollin T. Chafer, since 1934. In 1983, a complete collection of "Bib Sac" articles was published as a book commemorating fifty years of the journal.
John F. Walvoord (Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. 1934, Th.D. 1936; Texas Christian University, MA, 1945; Wheaton College, DD, 1960) took over as president in 1952 after Chafer's death in 1952. In 1974, DTS added a two-year Master of Arts (MA) program in biblical studies, and in 1982, a two-year program in Christian Education was begun. In addition to these, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program was opened in 1980. Walvoord retired as DTS president in 1986.
From 1986 to 1994, Donald K. Campbell (Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M., 1951, Th.D., 1953) served as president of DTS. During his tenure, DTS opened a three-year MA program in Biblical Counseling and a two-year MA program in Biblical exegesis and linguistics.
Chuck Swindoll (Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. 1963) served as president of the seminary from 1994 to 2001.
Mark Bailey (Western Seminary, M.Div., 1975, Th.M., 1977; Dallas Theological Seminary, Ph.D., 1997; Dallas Baptist University, D.Div., 2006) served as president from 2001 to 2020. Under Bailey's tenure, the seminary added a two-year MA program in media and communication, a two-year MA in Christian leadership, a Spanish D.Min. program, and a multi-lingual online education program.
Mark Yarbrough (Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M., 1996, Ph.D., 2008) began serving as president July 2020.
As of Spring 2014, DTS has over 15,000 alumni serving in various ministerial capacities in 97 countries worldwide.
DTS was first accredited in 1944 by the Board of Regents, State Education Department of the University of the State of New York of Albany. After that institution stopped granting out of state accreditation, DTS was accredited in 1969 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and in 1994 by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
The school is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Evangelical Training Association (ETA), the Jerusalem University College, and the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS).
DTS is known as a center of modern dispensational teaching due to Dr. Chafer's development of a systematic theology which approaches the Bible with a "premillennial, dispensational interpretation of the Scriptures." Systematic Theology, his eight-volume work describing this approach, was first published in 1948 and is still a required textbook for some courses at DTS.
Notable theological beliefs of the school include: premillennialism, dispensationalism, and Biblical inerrancy. The school considers itself non-denominational within Protestantism, and offers classes in all 66 books of the Protestant Bible.
In a 2009 study conducted by LifeWay Research, Protestant pastors named preachers who had most influenced them. Three DTS alumni were among the top ten: Chuck Swindoll ('63), founder of radio broadcast Insight for Living; David Jeremiah ('67), founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries; and Andy Stanley ('85), founder of North Point Ministries. Other notable people associated with the seminary include:
- Gregory Beale, former president of the Evangelical Theological Society
- Steve Breedlove, bishop of the Anglican Church in North America
- Michael J. Easley, former president of Moody Bible Institute
- Tony Evans, pastor and widely syndicated radio broadcaster
- F. David Farnell, professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary
- Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Messianic Jewish scholar and founder of Ariel Ministries
- Chip Ingram, pastor and orator, founder of Living on the Edge
- Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
- David Jeremiah, author, pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church
- Howard Clark Kee, American Bible scholar
- Mark Keough, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives
- Lawrence Khong, senior pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church
- David Klingler, former NFL player and current professor of Bible Exposition
- Hal Lindsey, author of The Late, Great Planet Earth
- Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton College
- J. Vernon McGee, founder of "Thru the Bible Radio Network" program
- Paul Mills, current head men's basketball coach at Oral Roberts University
- Paul Nyquist, former president of Moody Bible Institute
- Scott O'Grady, pilot whose story formed the basis for the film Behind Enemy Lines
- Ernest Pickering, former president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis
- Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life
- Ron Rhodes, author of over 80 books, and president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries
- Priscilla Shirer, author, motivational speaker, and actress
- Andy Stanley, author, and pastor of North Point Community Church
- Ray Stedman, evangelical Christian pastor, and author.
- Joseph Stowell, former president of Moody Bible Institute, current president of Cornerstone University
- Chuck Swindoll, author, pastor of Stonebriar Community Church
- Kenneth N. Taylor, creator of The Living Bible and the founder of Tyndale House
- Robert Thieme, author, pastor of Berachah Church, Houston, TX
- John Townsend, co-author of Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
- Bruce Wilkinson, founder of Walk Thru the Bible and author of The Prayer of Jabez
- Eric Mason, pastor of Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
- Harold Willmington, author, Bible teacher, pastor, founding team of Liberty University
Current and former facultyEdit
- Craig A. Blaising, Professor of Systematic Theology, proponent of progressive dispensationalism
- Darrell L. Bock, Research Professor of New Testament
- Buist M. Fanning, Professor of New Testament studies
- John D. Hannah, Scholar of Reformation Theology
- Everett F. Harrison, Professor of New Testament (deceased)
- Howard Hendricks, Professor of Christian Education (deceased)
- Zane C. Hodges Scholar of Free Grace Theology (deceased)
- Harold Hoehner, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, (deceased)
- Harry A. Ironside, visiting lecturer from 1925-'43 (deceased)
- David Klingler, Associate Professor of Bible Exposition
- Eugene Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies (Emeritus)
- J. Dwight Pentecost, Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition (deceased)
- Charles Caldwell Ryrie Professor of Systematic Theology (deceased)
- Merrill Unger, Professor of Old Testament Studies (deceased)
- Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies (prolific textual critic and Greek grammarian)
- Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament Studies
- John Walvoord President, Professor of Systematic Theology (deceased)
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