Covenant Theological Seminary

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Most people don't last in ministry because they feel frustrated and under-prepared. At Covenant Theological Seminary our unique whole-person training produces capable pastors and ministry leaders. The result is that you have an impact and can flourish for a lifetime of ministry while the church gets the faithful leadership it deserves.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Covenant Theological Seminary
12330 Conway Road
St. Louis, MO 63141


Phone: 314-434-4044


Organization details

EIN: 430863116


Chairman: Dr. Miles Gresham

Board size: 0


Year founded: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Foundational Emphases: Our Core Values

Christ-Centered Ministry: We believe that a seminary education is successful only if, at its end, the student knows Jesus Christ more intimately than at its beginning. Our approach to ministry training finds both its source and its goal in the person and work of Christ-and in the knowledge that the ultimate end of one's education is not for oneself alone, but for the sake of the church and the glory of God.

Biblical Authority: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore it is our only infallible rule of faith and practice. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, and thus we affirm the inerrancy of the original manuscripts whose objective truth it is our responsibility to interpret and proclaim in accord with the principles of Scripture.

Grace Foundation - We believe that the foundation for all that we do must be the gospel of grace-our absolute confidence in God's acceptance of us provided through his redemptive work in Jesus Christ as the supreme motivation and enablement for love and holiness. We aim to embody this gospel life as we live, learn, worship, and work together in a covenantal community of grace.

Relational Emphasis: We believe that the teaching of content is only part of a seminary education. Meaningful relationships between students and professors must be nurtured both in and out of the classroom so that the entire character of the student-head, hands, and heart-might be transformed for ministry.

Ministry Training: We believe that our primary task is to train students for pastoral and ministry leadership-including counseling, church planting, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missionary service. To accomplish this purpose, we have gathered a faculty of pastor-scholars who are not only first-rate educators but also experienced ministry practitioners.

Church Leadership: We believe that, as the seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), it is our responsibility to provide pastoral training that is grounded in the Westminster Standards and the historic distinctives of Presbyterian orthodoxy while equipping the next generation of Christian servants for effective church leadership in a changing world.

Kingdom Perspective: We believe that God's ultimate purpose is the gathering of his people from every nation and the renewal of all things. He calls his church to active involvement with the world's peoples and cultures to carry out the mission of bringing the gospel to those who do not believe and expressing Christ's lordship across generations, geography, and into every area of life.

Mission statement

We equip pastors, counselors and ministry leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. See what makes our biblical whole-person training unique.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating517 of 89483 of 111
Fund acquisition rating15 of 8948 of 111
Resource allocation rating871 of 894109 of 111
Asset utilization rating593 of 89483 of 111

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$509,389$538,821$417,745$520,614$539,241
Short-term investments$34,862,326$31,423,178$28,844,811$25,665,264$21,241,385
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$36,742,039$37,345,523$31,445,532$27,162,705$23,929,334
Long-term investments$0$3,957,817$1,238,784$0$0
Fixed assets$15,939,297$12,343,535$16,863,528$18,719,723$19,414,511
Other long-term assets$448,231$500,972$601,743$2,596,922$2,353,702
Total long-term assets$16,387,528$16,802,324$18,704,055$21,316,645$21,768,213
Total assets$53,129,567$54,147,847$50,149,587$48,479,350$45,697,547
Payables and accrued expenses$356,576$514,792$482,523$696,907$860,795
Other current liabilities$256,612$208,364$258,289$196,807$454,473
Total current liabilities$613,188$723,156$740,812$893,714$1,315,268
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$570,851$635,898$718,049$1,484,866$1,537,760
Total long-term liabilities$590,990$704,370$834,855$1,484,866$1,537,760
Total liabilities$1,204,178$1,427,526$1,575,667$2,378,580$2,853,028
Net assets20202019201820172016
Temporarily restricted$29,841,724$31,264,760$7,575,265$7,855,227$5,876,987
Permanently restricted$0$0$24,737,992$24,363,207$23,904,655
Net assets$51,925,389$52,720,321$48,573,920$46,100,770$42,844,519
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,511,806$8,114,304$7,059,179$6,227,601$6,621,323
Program service revenue$3,204,632$2,844,094$2,762,836$3,053,110$3,045,387
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($521)($617)($6,868)($1,933)($7,624)
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$3,204,111$2,843,477$2,755,968$3,051,177$3,037,763
Total revenue$8,715,917$10,957,781$9,815,147$9,278,778$9,659,086
Program services$5,639,196$5,508,551$5,634,466$5,229,851$5,544,400
Management and general$2,753,250$2,728,058$2,937,040$2,898,047$2,458,651
Total expenses$8,926,848$8,893,624$9,405,266$8,963,409$8,702,858
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($210,931)$2,064,157$409,881$315,369$956,228
Other changes in net assets($584,001)$2,082,244$2,063,269$2,940,882($1,135,237)
Total change in net assets($794,932)$4,146,401$2,473,150$3,256,251($179,009)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/25/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Per Wikipedia: "The seminary was established by Christians in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, (which later merged with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod to form Reformed Presbyterian Church-Evangelical Synod), who believed that their denomination, born out of resistance to rising liberal influences, needed a strong theological school of its own. In 1956, Covenant College and Seminary began with eleven students on a plot of land a few miles west of St. Louis, Missouri (having split from Faith Theological Seminary[5]). The seminary continued to grow in both size and reputation in the years that followed. In 1964, having outgrown its space, the liberal arts undergraduate school, Covenant College, along with its students, faculty, and staff, moved to Lookout Mountain, Georgia to the site of a former luxury hotel.[6] In 1966, the two institutions formally divided. In 1982, following another denominational merger (known as the "joining and receiving") between the Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America, Covenant Seminary became the national seminary of the PCA, which elects and oversees the work of the seminary's Board of Trustees."

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