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One of the largest seminaries in the world, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary equips men and women with a strong theological foundation to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Rooted in Scripture and branching out to fulfill the Great Commission, Southwestern’s motto is “Preach the Word, Reach the World.”

Southwestern Seminary has trained and commissioned more than 42,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. In 1908, B.H. Carroll established the seminary on the campus of Baylor University, and Southwestern moved to its current location on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth in 1910. Paige Patterson was elected as the eighth president of the seminary in 2003.

The motto “Preach the Word, Reach the World” captures for a new generation of students the historic pledge of Southwestern Seminary to serve both Southern Baptist churches and a lost world by equipping ministers for their God-ordained task.


Welcome to Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth

Boasting a rich western heritage as well as a thriving climate of business and culture, Fort Worth stands as an ideal community in which to live. You’ll discover a multitude of ministry opportunities within local churches and parachurch organizations. Additionally, individuals and families have a host of exciting entertainment possibilities to choose from.

The main campus of Southwestern Seminary is located in Fort Worth, Texas, a city with extensive educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. Fort Worth is known as the city "where the West begins" and is famous for its friendly western hospitality. The Fort Worth-Dallas area, called "the Metroplex," comprises the sixth largest population center in the nation, with a combined total of approximately four million citizens. Together with Dallas and surrounding cities, Fort Worth is an integral part of a growing metropolitan and industrial complex.


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Why Southwestern is the right place for you?

That's a great question. Here are some of the reasons why.

  1. You should come to Southwestern because you will grow in your faith as you train for the ministry in which God has called you to serve.
  2. You will be a member of a loving community of Christians who are fully committed to the inerrant Word of God as the foundation for life and ministry.
  3. You will grow in your knowledge of the Truth, your love of the church, and your passion for the lost.
  4. Your tuition will be less than almost any other seminary, so you can maximize your ministry and minimize your debt.
  5. Finally, Fort Worth is just a great place to live: The cost of living is low, there are hundreds of area churches for serving as you study, and there are countless opportunities for good, clean fun with family and friends.

Established 1908 Fort Worth, Texas

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