Educational Institutions

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

  • New Orleans, LA

Mission Statement

NOBTS, founded in 1917, is one of the largest theological institutions in the world. The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries. NOBTS has more than sixteen extension centers located throughout the Southeast with a target of making Christian higher education more accessible. NOBTS has been a leader in the use of technology in the classroom, both with Compressed Interactive Video (CIV) as well as Internet classes.

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Dr. Charles S Kelley Jr.



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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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Too numerous to list here, there is a complete list of NOBTS programs at NOBTS is a leader in archaeological digs in Israel. The current dig is located at Gezer in Israel. More than 150 vertical feet from the earth surface, the ancient water system was discovered and is proving to be of International interest. NOBTS has become a leading authority on ancient water systems in Israel and works closely with the Israeli Antiquities Authority. The Gezer dig dates back to the Canaanite period of history and it is believed to be about the time of Abraham in the Bible. This is more than 2000 B.C.

NOBTS is also a leader in educational degree programs in various prisons around the Southeast. The Angola prison was once known as the bloodiest prison in the country. The prison now has few incidents, if any, changing it image from the bloodiest prison in the country to one of the calmest prisons in America. This is the case in all prison systems including male and female institutions.

NOBTS has a growing Christian Education program, a Social Work program partnering with the University of Southern Mississippi. This unique program is growing at a fast pace. To see the list of all educational programs be sure to visit


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Overview of Programs

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's main graduate degree is the Master of Divinity degree with more than two- dozen specialty areas including Church Growth and Church Planting. The Seminary offers the Ph.D, D.Min, and D.Ed.Min degrees. The College of Undergraduate Studies' main degree is the BA in Christian Ministry and is designed for the non-traditional undergraduate student. The Seminary is one of the first to have an extension center in a federal prison offering a 4-year undergraduate degree.



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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    With the many programs of NOBTS and our undergraduate degree programs at Leavell College at NOBTS, be sure to visit Our catalog is online and provides the latest information on goals and objectives and the mission of each division as well as the overall Mission Statement of NOBTS. The overall targeted impact is that we provide accessible educational opportunities that meet the needs of students around the globe. Whether online degree, hybrid models with limited on campus hours, or all online, NOBTS and our Leavell College (undergraduate) strives to meet the needs of students and potential students through various means without sacrificing the quality programs NOBTS is known for. NOBTS is accredited by ATS and our Leavell College by the SACS.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The strategies can vary from Division to Division and degree to degree. Every strategy includes our NOBTS Mission Statement. We have seven basic competencies at NOBTS. These are Biblical Exposition, Christian Theological Heritage, Disciple Making, Interpersonal Skills, Servant Leadership, Spiritual Character and Character Formation, and Worship Leadership. For a more details on each of the Seven Basic Competencies, visit the online catalog at
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    A key component in this process is funding, top in their field faculty members, and students. The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) provides the core needs of the NOBTS Master and Doctoral level degrees as it pertains to NOBTS' answers to their Annual questionnaire. This is also true for the reviews from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Faculty who are top in their fields are another building block for success. For example, Dr. Bill Warren heads the the New Testament Textual Studies Center. They developed the content that will be used by several leading Bible study information vendors such as BibleWorks. Discussions are underway for the inclusion in other top vendors. Dr. Warren heads up our Bible museum located on the campus in New Orleans. A complete facsimile of the Ester Scrolls is displayed with other Bibles that date back to the very early 1600's. After completing a more than ten year project interpreting parts of New Testament scrolls and in creating the next version of the Greek New Testament. This is just one of the many talented faculty members. Also, Dr. Dennis Cole has been in archaeological digs for nearly thirty years in Israel. The Division of Social Work is led by Dr. Jeanine Bozeman, a licensed Social Worker and more than 25 year faculty member. These are just a few that help NOBTS meet and exceed their Division strategies. Funding is a vital aspect of meeting all NOBTS capabilities. Mr. Randy Driggers has spent his ministerial career of 20 years in the area of Development and Christian Fundraising. Mr. Driggers is currently working toward the C.F.R.E. designation. His experience brings another part of the overall capabilities. Mr. Clay Corvin, C.P.A., has for more than 30 years served as the Vice President for Business Affairs has created and maintains a solid financial footing for the Institution. Dr. Steve Lemke serves as the NOBTS Provost since 1996. There are many more staff members outside the Senior Administrative staff that help make all of our work possible. We are governed by a strong Board of Trustees comprised of ministers as well as lay business persons representing their state. A growing Foundation Board also helps support the work of the Institution. To sum it up, solid financial footing, strong academic programs led by our Provost, relationship building with donors and acquiring new donors in the Office of Institutional Advancement, a strong group of Trustees and Foundation Board members,. strong alliances with organizations such as the Israeli Antiquities Authority and others, expert faculty members, strong degree programs, and more are a group that provide the capabilities needed for success.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    One key indicator of progress in a growing number of students. With over 16 Extension sites throughout the Southeast and our on-campus programs, current enrollment
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

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Dr. Charles S Kelley Jr.


Dr. Charles S. Kelley Jr. was elected as the seminary's eighth president in March 1996, following the 20-year presidency of Dr. Landrum Leavell, a denominational statesman who made NOBTS one of the world's largest seminaries. Our current president, Dr. Charles S. Kelley, Jr. is a much-requested speaker throughout the SBC. Dr. Kelley is recognized widely for his evangelistic preaching and for his research in the areas of church growth and church health. Dr. Kelley previously taught evangelism at NOBTS for 13 years and from 1993-96 was director of the SBC's first Center for Evangelism and Church Growth, located on the NOBTS campus and named in honor of Dr. Leavell.



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Term: 2013 -


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