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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Every Classroom a Great Commission Classroom

Wake Forest, NC   |  sebts.edu

Mission

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern seek to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. Southeastern began classes in 1951 with 85 students enrolled in a basic theological program. Over the past eight years, we have experienced record-breaking growth with a 47 percent cumulative increase in student enrollment. Today, Southeastern is the largest seminary on the east coast with nearly 3,600 men and women pursuing degrees ranging from Associate of Divinity to Doctor of Philosophy. Our graduates are serving in all 50 states and in over 40 countries worldwide.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Dr. Daniel Akin

Main address

PO Box 1889

Wake Forest, NC 27588 USA

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EIN

56-0649251

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Christian (X20)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

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Southeastern Fund

The Southeastern Fund serves as our annual fund and provides needed operational support. These gifts address the school's most pressing needs and help offset rising tuition for students. Every dollar given to this fund directly impacts every student on campus whether they are pursuing undergraduate, masters or advanced degrees. Last year, gifts from over 700 men and women across the country helped reduce the tuition burden by $700 for every full-time student. We hold firm to the conviction of training debt-free students to go wherever God calls whether to rural communities, the inner-city or overseas.

With a rapidly growing student population and some historic buildings more than a century old, caring for our existing facilities and grounds is an ongoing process. Upgrades in technology and maintenance of our campus are also required to meet the educational needs of students. This fund enables us to respond to the unexpected and pressing needs that arise.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Southeastern is also accredited by the Commission of Colleges in the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). We are also members of ECFA, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Approximately 2/3 of Southeastern's student body do not receive any form of student aid. Many students are forced to take fewer classes each semester which prolongs the length of their education and delays their graduation. This scholastic shortage disproportionately impacts specific populations such as ethnic minorities and female students.

Over the past three years, our ethnic diversity has increased by 32 percent comprising 18 percent of the total student population. Our goal is to raise funds for additional scholarships to ensure our student body is diverse and theological education is affordable to more students from varying ethnic backgrounds. In addition, while women comprise 20% of our total student body, only three student aid funds are devoted to their training.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

The College at Southeastern was established in 1984. It is a school custom built for serious Christians, a theologically-driven, fully-accredited, liberal arts college. All of our courses are designed to prepare Christians to read critically, to research carefully, to write persuasively and to speak confidently. Every student pursuing a four-year degree is enrolled in our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program, which includes a rigorous core curriculum highlighted by our History of Ideas component.

While we strive to provide an unparalleled learning experience at an affordable cost, many hardworking students struggle to make ends meet. You have probably heard the statistics: Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student debt, up six percent from last year. We do not want to fall prey to the trending example of a debt-for-diploma system. However, the majority of our students already work 30-hour weeks to fund their education and basic living expenses. We depend on friends like you to help ensure our students graduate without the encumbrance of debt.

"The History of Ideas program is just unbelievable. To come into a college and be able to read the books which have shaped our world…what a wonderful foundation. God impressed on me that with a ministry to college students, you can literally touch every part of the world and every occupation. There are students here that are probably going into the business world, filmmaking, the pastorate, law, the medical field or the home as a mom. This is exactly where I want to be teaching and relating to students." - Dr. Tracy McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Students are flocking here in ever-increasing numbers to study with a team of professors who pour the ground-breaking truth of the gospel into their very lives. In order to maintain the highest standard of theological preparation, we must recruit and retain world-class scholars to train the next generation of church leaders.

We hope all our graduates walk away with a disposition that points them and compels them toward serving Christ. We want their minds to be sharp, we want them to be competent in their field, and we want them to be theologically grounded. Most importantly, we want them to use their occupation and their life for the Kingdom of God in whatever field they pursue.

Faculty and instructional costs comprise 42 percent of Southeastern's total budget. Endowment gifts for faculty salaries benefits countless students for generations to come.

"Now that I have been teaching for 20 years, I find special joy in looking back at the first students that I taught and seeing how God continues to use them. Some are training the next generation of Christian leaders in the classroom. Others are serving as model pastors that faithfully expound the Word of God. Many serve smaller congregations, and I am as proud of them as any others because they have served with faithfulness and integrity, have persevered through the tough times and have been devoted shepherds to their flocks. More recent students are continuing their education in institutions from Southeastern to Harvard. I am excited about the potential for Kingdom impact that all of the students have." - Dr. Charles Quarles, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Director of Ph.D. Studies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Equipping students to serve the church to carry out the Great Commssion.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

10-Year Accreditation Reaffirmation 2022

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools - Commission on Colleges

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Because He came, we go. Everything at Southeastern revolves around a passion to take the gospel from the small town of Wake Forest, North Carolina to communities across our nation and to the ends of the earth. Our students and graduates actively serve the church and take bold risks to pursue the nations following our Lord's mandate in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus' final command is our first priority: “Go and make disciples of all nations."

Invest in the next generation with us. Our overarching goal for the 21st century could not be clearer. We stand on the entirety of God's Word as truth for every aspect of life. Today, our graduates are making an impact in all fifty states and in over forty countries worldwide.

Every year, we send 500 graduates to join over 16,000 alumni. We need to equip more. We must do it even more effectively. The time to act is now. We need partners who will join us in training and sending generations of students across America and around the globe.

Our Institutional Advancement Office consisting of Admissions, Communications, Financial Development and Alumni Development is a cohesive and dedicated team working together to accomplish institutional goals. God is bringing men and women to Southeastern for a purpose. In fact, they are coming in historic numbers. Over the past eight years, we have experienced record-breaking growth with a 47 percent cumulative increase in student enrollment. Today, Southeastern is the largest seminary on the east coast with nearly 3,600 students.

In June 2017, we set a record and exceeded our total number of donors from any previous year reaching 955. By all measurements, we will surpass 1,000 donors by the end of our fiscal year, July 31, 2017.

We consider our donors partners in ministry and are committed to listening carefully and planning accordingly.
Strategic goals are currently being finalized utilizing new and existing staff to continue seeking funds to match record-breaking giving to the record-breaking number of new students.

"We are reliant on God in all we do. He has seen fit to not only rescue Southeastern during perilous times, but has provided the sustenance and given the increase only He could foresee. Our leadership and board will only pursue what we believe is central to what God has called us to do - to equip more and send more until He comes." President Danny Akin

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
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Board chair

Rev. Art Werry

New Life Baptist, Fraser, MI

Term: 2024 - 2022

Timothy Dale

Trustee

Brett Golson

Trustee

Carlos Goodrich

Trustee

Rusty Small

Trustee

Arthur Werry

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Bob Block

Trustee

Raymond Brown

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Michael Byrd

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Ronnie Campbell

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Michael Cummings

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Shawn Dobbins

Trustee

Sheila Fields

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Stewart Holloway

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Chuck Jennings

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Edward Kao

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Zack Little

Trustee

Ed Litton

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Joe Maltempi

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Ryan Martin

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Ingrid Reynolds

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Danny Rumple

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Alan Scott

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Neal Seaborn

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Kyler Smith

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Andy Taylor

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Ann White

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David White

Trustee

Beth Wooten

Trustee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

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