In 2001, under the leading of God’s gracious providence, Pastor Sam Waldron reached the conclusion that he should pursue doctoral studies to better equip him in preparing men for the ministry and in serving the church through his writing ministry. Consequently, he left the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids where he had been a pastor for 24 years and moved to Owensboro, KY. In 2005 he completed his dissertation and received his PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Through the shared vision of Dr. Waldron and Pastor Ted Christman, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary began that same year on the campus of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro as the Midwest Center for Theological Studies.
Since its beginning as MCTS and now as CBTS, a board of directors has governed the seminary in cooperation with the host church. This board was composed of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors carefully selected for their godly vision, pastoral experience, and representative breadth. (CBTS Current Board of Directors) It has given invaluable wisdom and guidance to the seminary over the years.
As our institution continued to develop, the Board determined that it was time for a name change which would more clearly identify who we are. Thus, in 2014 our name was changed to Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. This name makes clear that we are an institution dedicated to the preparation of men for the Christian ministry in the Reformed and Baptist theological tradition. At about the same time Dr. Waldron became the dean of the seminary while continuing in his role as the resident professor of Systematic Theology. He also gladly serves as a pastor of the Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro.
Our curriculum is both academically and pastorally oriented. We offer a full theological curriculum in our MDiv program for those who are or who aspire to be vocational pastors. We also offer several other programs designed to help both pastors and members of local churches to develop their gifts and serve their churches more effectively.
It is our burden to see the gospel preached to all peoples of the earth. We want to see existing churches built up and new churches planted both here and abroad. Our desire is to train men who will be able to pastor in such a way as to stir up a thirst for God in those they minister to in order that they might spread the good news of Jesus Christ to all peoples in all lands for the glory of God.