The primary mission of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College is to glorify God by providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian service, assisting Southern Baptist Convention churches by biblically educating and equipping Christian men and women for ministry which encourages the priority of the Great Commandment and the fulfillment the Great Commission.


Through theological education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College will seek to equip servants for the church to influence Texas, the region, the nation, and the world for the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God.


In keeping with their heritage as a Great Commandment and Great Commission institution, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College guide and equip students in living their calling, seeking to glorify God through Christ-centered education that encourages academic excellence and faithful ministry preparation.

Core Values

Grace Filled

In all we do, we seek to practice a posture of biblical grace toward one other, throughout the Southern Baptist Convention, and within our communities.

Christ Centered

Jesus Christ is at the center of who we are, what we believe, what we confess, what we teach, and what we seek to practice. The totality of our Christian worldview determines our commitments and orients our perspective. As ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we are called to be salt and light in a fallen world.

Scripturally Grounded

The Bible is the primary textbook in every classroom at Southwestern Seminary. All our curriculum is built on and every member of our faculty is dedicated to the unchanging, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.

Confessionally Guided

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 outlines our core doctrines as an institution.

Student Focused

The focus of all we do is serving students so that they may be deployed for maximum Kingdom impact wherever else God may call. We are a college that connects our students with other believers communally, academically, and spiritually.

Globally Engaged

Our vision for education and ministry is guided by the words of the risen Christ in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (CSB).

Texas Baptist College students think biblically, reason truthfully, and share God’s Word effectively. At TBC, community is key to the way students are formed to be difference-makers in their world, with spiritual formation as the foundation. Prospective students and their parents can have complete confidence in the faculty who will be teaching them in the classroom and beyond. Our faculty are not only experts in their academic fields, but they also love, serve, and will lead their students to love the local church.

Wherever God calls, we'll help you get there.

You are called to obey the Great Commandment, and you are called to pursue the Great Commission. So we will encourage you to love God with all you are, and we will equip you to serve God wherever He calls. Whether you’re headed to ministry, the marketplace, or anywhere in between, we will help you find your calling.

Meet the Dean

Dr. Bates serves as Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Texas Baptist College. Prior to his role at Texas Baptist College, Dr. Bates served in several institutions of Christian Higher Education in both administrative and teaching roles. His research interests include Augustine, patristic engagement with Greco-Roman philosophy, the intersection between Christianity and culture, the integration of theology and psychology, and apologetics from the early church to contemporary culture.

Visit Campus

Come see the TBC campus in Fort Worth, TX, for yourself. We’d love to take you on a campus tour or invite you to one of our Preview Days.

From Our Dean:


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and our online seminary classes.

The seminary is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103, Telephone: 412.788.6505). Comprehensive information on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s ATS designations can be accessed through the ATS list of member schools.

The School of Church Music and Worship is an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Each of these accrediting bodies stands ready to respond to accreditation related issues. All other inquiries about Southwestern should be directed to the seminary at 817.923.1921.

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