History of our Seminary
Pastor Richard A. Owsley, the Board of Directors, the elders, and the congregation of the St. Louis Bible Fellowship church were led to take another step in the mission to be ministers of the word of reconciliation by proclaiming the gospel of the grace of God and enlightening all to the dispensation of the mystery.
The idea of the St. Louis Theological Seminary was conceived to broaden the outreach of this ministry with the purpose of equipping faithful men and women with the knowledge of rightly dividing God's Word and the tools to be effective ministers of the gospel of God's grace.
After much prayer and planning, St. Louis Theological Seminary was officially established when it incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Missouri on December 7, 2004. Two divisions of educational programs were created within St. Louis Theological Seminary: the Bible College for undergraduate and community education and the Seminary for graduate studies.
Exemption from governmental academic certification was granted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education based on the religious designation of STLTS's programs and degrees. In July 2005, STLTS was granted candidacy for accreditation by Accreditation Commission International, Inc.; and, after an extensive site visit, ACI approved accreditation for STLTS in December 2005.
On September 6, 2005 the first on-campus lecture courses began with online participation by distance education students. On December 15, 2005 the first degree was earned when a student completed the requirements of the Master in Theology program. On May 7, 2006 STLTS's first graduation ceremony included diplomas for an Associate degree, four Master degrees, and one Honorary Doctorate.
In May 2010, Dr. Antonio Sistelos became the president of St. Louis Theological Seminary, replacing Pastor Richard A. Owsley in the leadership of the Seminary, who has remained as Emeritus President of St. Louis Theological Seminary since that time.
With the leadership of these two godly men, the Seminary has been experiencing re-shaping, growth, and increased support.
Future plans include the growth and expansion of St. Louis Theological Seminary in order to serve the grace community and believers around the world even more, by equipping them with the means to dedicate themselves even further to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all their heart, knowledge, and skills.