Striving to be a more effective and prepared servant
From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.
I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the local church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the local church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.
Central is a professional graduate school of theology affiliated with the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. and in full support of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The seminary’s Institutional Support Program (ISP) allows a close and supportive relationship with the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region, as well as neighboring ABC regions.
Churches affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship also serve as vital partners in ministry with Central Seminary, providing scholarship support and ministerial placements for some Central students and graduates. In addition, Central Seminary receives support from churches of many other denominations across the United States.
Working in cooperation with three seminaries in the Greater Kansas City Area, Central offers cross-registration for courses taught in any of the member seminaries. Affiliated with Central in this arrangement are Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Saint Paul School of Theology.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary provides overseas learning programs. Students can spend a semester at Spurgeon’s College in London or travel to Southeast Asia for mission experiences or study intensives.
The University of Missouri‐Kansas City Center for Religious Studies is a consortium of several area educational institutions that have agreed to pool their academic resources to cooperate in establishing a religious studies discipline on the Ph.D. level. The center is the administrative and academic home of the religious studies discipline in UMKC’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and is governed by the regulations and requirements of that program.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary is a member of the UMKC Center for Religious Studies consortium, and Central faculty are asked to serve as adjunct doctoral faculty supervising dissertation research.