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Why I started Practical Theological Seminary

Updated: May 8, 2019


I wanted to set the world on fire for Jesus.

I thought I knew it all. I had been in church my whole life. I had already lead two successful ministries. I had just completed college, and the ink was barely even dry on my diploma. I had the call of God on my life, and I was about to set the world on fire. The only thing standing in my way of becoming the latest and greatest pastor was three years of seminary. On the first day of class, my professor must have noticed my head barely squeezing through the door. He started teaching us things throughout the Bible that I had never learned in VBS, Sunday School, Summer Camp, or Church. He knew things that I had never studied, and I thought to myself, "Everyone should go to seminary!" Four years later, I did graduate, and it set my life on a journey that I never dreamt possible.


A few years after that, I returned to seminary a second time, so that I could continue to focus on becoming better prepared for whatever God was calling me to accomplish. Six years later, I graduated with my Doctorate degree. I am still working on setting the world on fire for Jesus, but I continue to believe that everyone should go to seminary. I was young and newly married. No kids. No debt. No worries. Seminary was an easy next step for me after college. However, I see so many people, who have the destiny of God all over their lives, and they are in their 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond. It would be almost impossible for them to uproot their family, quit their job, and move to a new city to attend a traditional seminary like I did.


There must be a better way! That's why I started Practical Theological Seminary. My goal is to give people the core classes of seminary at a fraction of the time, a fraction of the cost, and without uprooting their lives to move. Many students will continue to faithfully serve in their church, job site, and community upon graduation. Other students will move on to start new churches or ministries in other cities. Whatever your calling is by God, my desire is that you would spend two years with the Lord, studying His Word, and surrounding yourselves with other leaders that will push you to go deeper and fight harder for the Kingdom of God. Seminary should not be for the select few. We must open other doorway for the masses to have access to the education found in our great seminaries. Practical Theological Seminary is one of those doors that is opening for you. I pray you will hear from the Lord and be faithful to the path that He is laying before you. I hope you will prayerfully consider attending our seminary. Everyone should go to seminary. Why not you?

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