About Us

About BMA Seminary


That’s not just a tagline. That’s who we are. Our hermeneutics and our theology are Christocentric. Our teaching and our practice of ministry are centered on Christ.


We believe every student should be able to study God’s word without high cost being a barrier to an excellent education. We are an affordable seminary with state of the art technology allowing onsite and online classes. We provide affordable housing on a beautiful clean campus within walking distance to our onsite class rooms. If you are looking for a quality degree and affordable tuition consider BMATS’ affordable programs.


Our seminary has a world-class faculty with decades of experience in church ministry and in the seminary classroom. Our classes are rigorous, but our faculty are personally invested in your success. The quality of BMATS degrees is confirmed by accreditation from two different accreditors.


God calls us to disciple others. There is no way to do this other than dedicated personal relationships that teach and model the Christian life. Doing discipleship well is critical to the success of every church and every minister. Therefore, we don’t just talk about it or study it. We do it. Our faculty personally disciples every student until they are ready to be a disciple-maker.


God ordained the foolishness of preaching as the power of God to bring the Gospel to men. We strive to train men to preach in a way that is true to the text, grounded in the fullness of God’s revelation, situated within a Christocentric theological framework, and applicable to the hearers.

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Should I Go To Seminary

Are you thinking of going to seminary? Or wondering if it’s right for you? Here are thoughtful questions and answers to help you through your discernment process. Why Attend Seminary? There are many reasons curious minds attend BMATS. Let’s break the process down into...

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Why I Chose BMA Seminary

I earned my Bachelor of Arts (Religion) degree in 2016 from BMA Seminary. I could have gone somewhere else or stopped school altogether, but I had the desire to continue learning. Toward the end of my BAR studies, I knew that I...

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Free Course Review

Student Review on Minor Prophet Free Course Offered Spring 2019 Interested in a future free class? Sign-up here! I have just finished a FREE online class offered by our Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. The title of the course was “Introduction to...

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The Olive and the Almond

The secret to a God-pleasing life is to become an almond by being an olive. That sounds cryptic and strange, but Christians possess a treasury of strange sayings. We are the ones who talk about being “born again” and “on fire for God,” after all. The special...

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Ministry Placement

Ministry Opportunities On this page are listed potential ministry opportunities for BMA Seminary students. The Seminary does not offer direct ministry placement or attempt to match students with potential ministry opportunities. Students may send resumes to the...

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Bible Versions

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL SEMINARY COMMITTEE ON A THOROUGHSTUDY OF THE NEW KING JAMES AND OTHER BIBLE VERSIONS, APRIL 1983 INTRODUCTIONIn April of 1982 a resolution was passed by the B.M.A. of America giving the faculty of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological...

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God, Man, and Marriage

God Created Man and God Created Marriage:  A White Paper by the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Faculty April 2015 During the August 2014 meeting of the Baptist Missionary Association of America’s (BMA) Coordinating Council, Dr. John Adams...

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BMA Seminary Response to COVID-19

As the state of Texas begins to reopen, BMA Seminary is making changes to the restrictions established in March as a response to COVID-19: All Summer courses will be distance learning courses. The Seminary continues to monitor the situation in preparation for the Fall...

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Accreditation is validation by independent reviewers that establishes that the learning offered at BMA Seminary is educationally sound, high quality, and comparable to other colleges and seminaries. Accreditation ensures that the hard work you put into your education is recognized by others, including potential employers and other colleges, universities, and seminaries. Because accreditation is so important, BMA Seminary is accredited by the regional accrediting organization and the relevant faith-related accrediting organization.

BMA Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Questions about the accreditation of BMA Seminary may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

BMA Seminary (Graduate Studies Division) is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology), and Master of Arts (Religion). The Commission contact information is: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA, Telephone: 412.788.6505, Fax: 412-788-6510, Website: www.ats.edu.

BMA Seminary has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Board of Trustees


  • Tom Mitchell, Chairman
  • Larry Geraldson, Vice-Chairman
  • Gary Murph, Secretary
  • Elaine Beal, Asst. Secretary

Term to Expire in 2023

  • Dennis Baker, Imperial, Missouri
  • Elaine Beal, Jacksonville, Texas
  • Tom Mitchell, Little Rock, Arkansas

        Term to Expire in 2024

        • Michael Battenfield, Cave Springs, Arkansas
        • Gary Murph, Jacksonville, Texas
        • Jerry Stacy, Carthage, Texas

          Term to Expire in 2025

          • Terry Bolton, Sulphur Springs, TX
          • Nick Kerry, Bryan, TX
          • Ted Quinby, Purvis, MS

            Term to Expire in 2026

            • Joshua Bullock, El Dorado, AR
            • Clif Johnson, Hope, AR
            • Randy Veach, Manila, AR

                Term to Expire in 2027

                • Sam Bradley, Waxahachie, TX
                • Larry Geraldson, Laurel, MS
                • Jimmy Tollison II, Springdale, AR

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