Shepherds Texas is a partnership between Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bryan, TX, and Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC.  Its aim is to equip men and women for service and ministry in a local church context, through formal classroom instruction, discipleship, life-on-life community, and hands-on church involvement. Hosted on the campus of Emmanuel Baptist, students earn a Master of Theological Studies degree from Shepherds while also engaging in practical church ministry and biblical teaching that addresses sin at the heart-level. All of this takes place over one calendar year, with students in a single cohort for that entire duration.

Master of Theological Studies

Shepherds Texas offers the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, a 42-hour accredited degree taught by the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary. The MTS combines the highest quality academic experience with the personal guidance and discipleship of Shepherds Texas’ staff.


Subjects range from Hermeneutics and Old and New Testament Studies to Life of Christ and Historical Theology. The MTS has two purposes: (1) for the lay minister, to gain an advanced understanding of the Bible and theology; (2) for those anticipating vocational ministry, to prepare for further graduate studies, especially the Master of Divinity program.

Community & Discipleship

Shepherds Texas provides community and real-life opportunities to serve in a local body of believers by partnering with Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bryan, TX. As students are on the campus of Emmanuel Baptist for classes, they also attend services there, and witness a healthy church doing life and community in accordance with the Scriptures. The leadership of Emmanuel Baptist Church is committed to expository preaching, discipleship, and a thorough teaching of God’s Word to train up the saints for the work of the ministry.


Students at Shepherds Texas complete the full one-year program as a cohort. Banded together for mutual benefit, students learn the Bible, participate in class, and serve the body of Christ together. In addition, the staff of Shepherds Texas is committed to providing personal mentoring for each student. These aspects of community combine to create a culture where students are challenged to grow and live authentically in community throughout their time in the program. Discipleship is more than a class—it is at the heart of all we do at Shepherds Texas.

Unique Format

Students learn from instructors onsite or via high-quality video conference into classes taking place at our other campuses. Participate in a live classroom environment with other students at this teaching site and engage in class discussions from a distance via Zoom. Distance learning provides live correspondence with professor and highly interactive class sessions.


All required courses are available at the Shepherds Texas teaching site, either through onsite lectures or live streaming with Shepherds Institute/The WEST Institute.

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