A Seminary in the Local Church, for the Local Church

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Who We Are

Shepherds Theological Seminary is a local-church-based, non-denominational seminary dedicated to educating and equipping Christians in the Word of God while simultaneously preparing them for practical ministry. One of our most distinct advantages is that we are embedded in a local church, allowing students the opportunity to both study under world-class academics and to learn valuable, practical ministry skills and real world lessons inside a vibrant church.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to transform the way seminary is done with a focus on scholarship, leadership, and discipleship both in and for the local church. We are the local-church seminary with a global impact.
Our mission is to impact the world for Christ by equipping servant leaders for life and ministry by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship and personal mentoring.
Our Core Values

The STS Vision & Mission reflects the following three core values to which the Seminary is committed.

Servant Leadership

“Shepherds Theological Seminary exists to equip servant leaders for life and ministry . . .”

Therefore, we are committed to a Spirit-led life and ministry modeled after the servant leadership of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Scholarship

“. . . by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship . . .”

Therefore, we are committed to teaching an integrated body of truth as expressed in our doctrinal statement

Personal Discipleship

“. . . and personal mentoring.”

Therefore, we are committed to helping students grow in Christ and identify God-given abilities by personal interaction within the seminary community.

Doctrine & Distinctives

Our doctrine comes from the Word of God and it forms the basis for our theological distinctiveness as well as our curriculum and education. Click here for the full STS Doctrinal Statement.

We are committed to the inerrancy of the Scriptures as they were written by human authors in the original documents under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, we believe that the inspired Bible is our only rule of faith and practice. We also believe that the Bible should be interpreted through a consistent grammatical-historical system of hermeneutics which seeks to understand the Bible in its historical setting and in its plain grammatical sense. These core beliefs are woven through every fiber of our curriculum and are evident both in the classroom and in ministry. For more information about our distinctives and how they play out in our education and ministry, please see our Academic Catalog.

Our History

Shepherds Theological Seminary was birthed in the local church in 2002 by Stephen Davey, the senior pastor of Colonial Baptist Church (Cary, NC), with the vision “…to produce a generation of servant leaders who are equipped for effective ministry within their local church, and to prepare those who will serve vocationally as pastors, teachers, global workers, educators and ministry leaders.”  In the past 15 years, STS has grown from a handful of graduate students in one degree program to a vibrant accredited seminary with graduates now serving Christ and His church in 15 countries abroad as well as 25 States here in our own country. Through our rigorous academics, relevant curriculum, and rewarding programs, we are proud to still be a local-church-based seminary with a clear vision to train the minds, impact the hearts, and prepare the hands of our students for whatever God has called them to do!

Accreditation & Approvals



STS is incorporated in North Carolina as a non-profit corporation exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986, as amended, Section 501(c)(3).


Authorization to Grant Degrees


Degree programs of study offered by Shepherds Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116–15(d) with respect to religious education, as amended by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ policies. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards. After examination of our documents of application, the President of the University of North Carolina granted permission on November 23, 2003 to award degrees in religious education. In accordance with these statutory provisions, Shepherds Theological Seminary is authorized to grant the following degrees:


• Master of Divinity (MDiv)

• Master of Arts [Biblical Literature & Languages] (MABLL)

• Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM)

• Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

• Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causis (DD)

Association of Theological Schools


Shepherds Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) to award the following degrees:

• Master of Divinity (MDiv)

• Master of Arts [Biblical Literature & Languages] (MABLL)

• Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM)

• Master of Theological Studies (MTS)


For questions about the accreditation of Shepherds Theological Seminary, contact:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

10 Summit Park Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15275

412-788-6505 | ats.edu

Shepherds is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510

Washington, DC 20036

202-955-6126 | chea.org

Shepherds is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA).

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

440 W Jubal Early Dr, Suite 100

Winchester, VA, 22601


Shepherds Theological Seminary has been approved by North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. This approval grants STS permission to offer distance education in 49 states plus the District of Columbia.

Campus Locations

Cary, NC
Cary, NC
The main campus of Shepherds Theological Seminary is located in Cary, NC, a bustling suburb of Raleigh, minutes from both Raleigh and Durham, as well as home to the Research Triangle Park (RTP). An ideal setting for seminary, the Raleigh-Durham area is home to almost 3 million people, and is incredibly diverse. Besides the combination of big city amenities and small town charm, Raleigh has a very low cost of living, making it easier to attend seminary.


Located at:

Colonial Baptist Church

6051 Tryon Road

Cary, NC 27518

Laramie, WY
Laramie, WY
Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the West Institute of STS sits at the base of numerous mountain ranges and right on the edge of The University of Wyoming. If you are looking for a location offering copious outdoor activities while still attending seminary, the West Institute of STS is the place for you. Moreover, we offer our Master of Theological Studies degree there in an accelerated format, allowing you to complete a 41-unit degree in just 12 months. Learn more >


Located at:

Laramie Valley Chapel

4801 Quarterhorse Drive

Laramie, WY 82070

Bryan, TX
Bryan, TX
The Texas Extension Site of STS is located in Bryan, Texas which is just minutes from Texas A&M and College Station. While you don’t have to be an Aggie fan to live here, you might be by the time you are done with your degree! Here in Texas we offer the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in a traditional semester format, with options for both daytime and nighttime courses. Learn more >


Located at:

7320 Steep Hollow Road

Bryan, TX 77808

Shepherds Seminary offers graduate programs designed to prepare men and women for both life and ministry