Covenant Theological Seminary

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For over 65 years, Covenant Theological Seminary has equipped men and women for the work of ministry. Covenant is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and is the largest supplier of pastors into the PCA. We serve students from across a variety of denominations and have alumni serving in all 50 states and over 100 countries.

Contact information

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


Phone: 314-434-4044

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 430863116

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Gibbs

Chairman: Dr. Miles Gresham

Board size: 24


Ruling year: 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

Covenant Seminary exists to glorify the triune God by training his servants to walk in God's grace, minister God's word, and equip God's people - all for God's mission.

Statement of faith

While Covenant Seminary equips students from a variety of denominational backgrounds, we are the national seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and an official agency of the church. As such, all of our faculty submit themselves to the Bible as the true, inspired, and infallible word of God. Our faculty ascribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Shorter and Larger Catechisms.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1000 of 1104125 of 129
Fund acquisition rating762 of 110599 of 129
Resource allocation rating1080 of 1105126 of 129
Asset utilization rating746 of 110499 of 129

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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
Without donor restrictions$22,083,665$21,455,561$16,260,663$13,882,336$13,062,877
With donor restrictions$29,841,724$31,264,760$32,313,257$32,218,434$29,781,642
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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In 1956, Covenant College and Theological Seminary began in St. Louis as educational training institutions for the Bible Presbyterian Church. The roots of the Bible Presbyterian Church began with the first American Presbytery of 1706. Covenant Seminary stands in the tradition dating back to the first theological schools of the American Presbyterian Church-the Log College at Neshaminy, Pennsylvania, and the college and seminary at Princeton.

The college was named "Covenant"-an expression used almost 300 times in the Bible to describe God's grace to his people and his people's response. It was also a word that commemorated the heroic struggle of Scottish Presbyterians to found and maintain a church for "Christ's crown and covenant" against the claims of popes and kings.

As both Covenant College and Covenant Seminary grew, it was determined that the two institutions would quickly run out of space beyond their property in St. Louis County. Thus Covenant College relocated to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where it remains today. Both Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary are governed by their own boards.

In 1982, Covenant Seminary became the official seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America as a part of the "joining and receiving" process of consolidating Presbyterian denominations centered upon the Bible as the inerrant and inspired word of God. Today Covenant Seminary is an official agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, and trains students from across denominations in the Bible, counseling, and ministry. The mission of Covenant Seminary to equip Reformed pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders in the Bible and ministry remains unchanged.

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