About

Who We Are

Ashland Theological Seminary’s goal is to provide affordable and accessible education for those seeking to grow spiritually and fulfill their calling.

Taking a broad evangelical approach across degree and certificate tracks, faculty, and administration are dedicated to preparing your heart, your head, and your hands to follow the leading of Christ. Through individualized attention and community discussions, the seminary’s educational model brings together diverse perspectives in ways that foster unity in the things that pull people apart.

Instead of teaching you what to think, the curriculum is designed to equip you to approach and apply God’s teaching across every level of your life and ministry. Ashland Theological Seminary builds in its students a brand of faith that engages the realities of both personal and public life, giving you the tools and knowledge to empower those around you as they pursue their own calling.

Welcome from Our Dean

I am delighted you are considering our institution for your seminary journey. Since our founding in 1906, we have remained steadfast in our dedication to Scripture, academic excellence, community, and spiritual formation. We are full of anticipation for another year pursing our core commitments and following where God leads.

At Ashland Theological Seminary, you will be challenged, enriched, and encouraged as you develop a deep sense of readiness for ministry. You will leave your mark on our rich diversity of church traditions, ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, and theological perspectives. We pray discernment and blessing over you as you consider joining the work God is doing here.

Blessings,

John Byron, PhD
Dean of the Seminary
Professor of New Testament

Our History

For more than a century, Ashland Theological Seminary has equipped modern-day disciples for effective ministry. As a graduate division of Ashland University, our campus was born from an 1888 institutional commitment to Gospel ministry. In 1906 Ashland University President J. Allen Miller emphasized the importance of this commitment by resigning from his position to serve as dean of the theological department. His transition established a powerful legacy of ministry preparation that continues to this day. 

Core Values

Scripture

Ashland Seminary believes God’s saving revelation has been supremely made in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the complete and authentic record of that revelation. We are committed to both the Old and New Testaments as God’s infallible message for the church and the world. The Scriptures are foundational to the education process at Ashland Seminary.

Community​

Ashland Seminary builds community through shared faith. As students, staff, faculty, and administration, we identify ourselves as community. We express community through Chapel, classes, Spiritual Formation groups, social events, conferences, prayer cells, and joint ministry experiences as we work and live together. Within this environment of support and challenge, it is possible for us to grow inwardly, in our relationship with God and others, and in our outlook on the world.

Spiritual Formation​

Ashland Seminary believes that Spiritual Formation is at the heart of all we do. Spiritual Formation is the process of nurturing an intimate relationship with God, encompassing heart, soul, and mind. Spiritual Formation is obedience to the Word of Christ and an intentional commitment to grow, study, pray, and be held accountable for our life and witness, both before God and one another.

Academic Excellence

Ashland Seminary is committed to academic excellence. While seminary education is unique, Ashland creates an atmosphere conducive to academic studies and sustains high scholastic standards from an internationally recognized faculty. Integrated within our curriculum is the whole framework of the Seminary’s Core Values leading to a goal of lifelong learning expressed through servant leadership.

Our Mission

MISSION OF ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY,
A GRADUATE DIVISION OF ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University, under the governance of the same Board of Trustees. The Seminary seeks to fulfill the identity statement of the University, while at the same time being true to its own unique calling as found in its mission and identity statements.

Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.

Ashland Theological Seminary will creatively provide comprehensive educational resources for the development of Christian leaders who serve the church as well as its partner organizations and in the marketplace. These resources constitute a continuum of learning that extends the seminary’s ministry far beyond the traditional degree program offerings.

Meet Our Faculty

Study with renowned Bible scholars who have decades of real-world ministry experience. Our faculty are called to train faithful followers for effective ministry and are personally invested in you.

Our Campus & Locations

Ashland:  Located in Ohio’s heartland, Ashland Theological Seminary has a park-like atmosphere, complete with old-growth trees, exceptional landscaping and breathtaking monuments of Christ. Our campus is home to a spacious, stained-glass chapel, expansive research library and a historical artifacts gallery. You can enjoy a quiet moment with Christ in our secluded prayer garden or talk with a classmate at a common table on central campus. With historic brick buildings interspersed with modern facilities, our campus upholds collegiate tradition in a comfortable learning environment.

Cleveland:  Courses are offered at the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio located at 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard S., Independence, OH 44131.  See course schedule for availability.

Columbus: Courses are also offered at 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH  43229.  See course schedule for availability.

Accreditation

Ashland Theological Seminary is an integral part of Ashland University, which holds accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Ashland University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Education, the Ohio College Association, and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. More information.

Ashland Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and as a graduate division of Ashland University, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More information.

CACREP Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT) to meet academic requirements for the Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) licenses. Faculty members in the Counseling Programs hold membership in the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. More information.

Survey Data | Institutional Effectiveness

94% of students from our 2019-2020 graduating class were highly satisfied with the quality of teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary.

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