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 Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

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Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

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     The Florida Seminary was organized in October of 1901 in Bartow, at the Providence

Baptist Church under the name of Florida Baptist Seminary under the supervision of the

South Florida Association.

     In 1902, the Seminary was moved to Lakeland to a more centralized location. Once in

Lakeland, the Seminary operated out of local churches until 1903 and 1904. During those

years the dormitory and academic buildings were erected.

     The Seminary continued until November 1921 when the dormitory was burned down and

in either 1927 or 1928 the academic building was burned down. From 1921 to 1932,

classes were continued in both Harmony Baptist Church and St. Paul Baptist in Lakeland.

In 1925, a charter of incorporation was issued by the State of Florida to the institution’s new

name of Florida Seminary. In 1932 a building was erected and the Seminary once more

began operating on its own property.

     Today, Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College has satellites in Dunedin, Lake

City and Jacksonville, Florida as well as alumni from what is now the Florida Theological

Seminary and Bible College are spread throughout the South serving as pastors to

churches of every size. Congregations are receiving the blessings from the seeds planted

in these servants of God at Florida Theological Seminary.

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     A special thanks for taking the time to visit our website in order to get to know us and what we offer as a Seminary and Bible College.  We are a seminary that is totally committed to “Rightly Dividing the Word of God.”  We believe the gospel is central and chief in glorifying God.  We further believe that religious leaders need to be wise, grounded and trained leaders to teach and preach God’s Word.

     We here at Florida Theological Seminary offer the following courses of study:  Adult Bible Studies Program; Biblical Studies Program; Christian Education Program; Theology Program; Master’s and Doctorate Program.

     The Florida Theological Seminary was founded in 1901 in Bartow, Florida by a faithful group of gospel ministers in the First South Florida Baptist Association.  This institution is supported by several religious bodies such as associations and conventions.

     The Florida Theological Seminary’s administration, staff and faculty are profoundly committed to the authoritative Word of God (Scriptures) and to its mission and ministries.  Here at this institution each student will be given special attention in areas where he or she may have needs. Students here will be exposed to a faculty member who will demonstrate love and respect for them and will do all within their power to assist each and every student to excel in his or her area of endeavor.

     If you want to become a competent, articulate, well-trained preacher-pastor, religious educator, missionary, church leader, or more proficient in your current field of labor, enroll in Florida Theological Seminary.  The cost is minimal and your future and career will be brighter.

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Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College, Inc. is a Biblical Institution committed to:

● Pursue and practice what is true;
● Excel in its educational programs;
● Collaborate as partners in learning and preparation;
● Integrate Christian faith into every aspect of life; and
● Nurture every person toward Christian maturity

Our Vision is to prepare leaders who will faithfully serve Jesus Christ with evangelical passion and missionary skills in biblically grounded and culturally relevant ministries

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Fall Session 2022 (Lakeland)

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2022 Founders Day News

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Annual Donation Day - 2023


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Dr. Frank O'Harroll, Sr.


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Dr. Julius Wynn



Rev. Ronald Wade

Alumuni President


Sis. Linda Silas

Administrative Assistant/Registrar


Our Board of Directors

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Dr. Emmett L. Wiseman, Chairman
Dr. Darien K. Bolden, Sr., Vice Chairman
Dr. Rayford Harper, Executive Secretary
Dr. Carl F. Brooks
Dr. Gary McNealy
Dr. Joseph J. Pierce, Sr.
Dr. Fleming Tarver
Dea. Bobby Turner
Dr. Michael Warren
Dr. Willie J. Hayes
Rev. Nathaniel Williams

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"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that neededth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

   II Timothy 2:15

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115 W 5th St
Lakeland, Polk County 33805



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