STS Tampa Bay is a partnership between Trinity College of Florida in Trinity, FL, and Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC. This teaching site equips men and women for service and ministry through formal classroom instruction, hosted on Trinity College’s campus. Students can earn a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, or a Master of Theological Studies degree, with instruction provided by the faculty of STS. Our faculty will give students a robust foundation to enter vocational ministry, pursue advanced studies, or serve Christ faithfully no matter what career they may pursue.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) degree is a fully accredited 48-hour program providing graduate-level academic training designed for persons seeking a thorough biblical and theological understanding of Scripture.


Bible exposition and theology courses are prioritized in the MABS program. Students can select one of six concentrations to further customize their degree. Noteworthy among these is the Biblical Archaeology concentration, which involves both in-class methodology courses and practical fieldwork.

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree is a fully accredited 39-hour entry-level program providing graduates with both biblical knowledge and ministry skills. The MACM serves as the first professional degree for ministry in a number of disciplines and positions in the local church, either vocationally or for lay persons. Students in the MACM degree can select one of six concentrations to customize their program.

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is a fully accredited 42-hour program providing graduates with an advanced understanding of the Bible and theology. It is designed for those who desire growth in their own personal discipleship as well as preparation for life and ministry. The MTS also provides an excellent foundation for further studies in the Master of Divinity degree.

Master of Theological Studies

One-Year Program

The one-year MTS program provides intentional discipleship within an authentic community through hands-on opportunities to serve the local church. Each month, students attend a one-week intensive course on the campus of Trinity College of Florida and participate in the congregational life of Keystone Bible Church in Odessa, FL, where they are engaged in a comprehensive verse-by-verse study of the Scriptures and meet for one-on-one discipleship with program staff.


Our one-year format makes theological training available to future teachers, engineers, doctors, programmers, pastors, global workers, and men and women of all professions. Our intentional community focus challenges students to put the truths they learn in the classroom into action in their respective career fields.


Students complete the full one-year program as a cohort. Banded together for mutual benefit, students learn the Bible, participate in class, travel to Israel, and serve the body of Christ together. Coupled with the one-on-one discipleship, 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.

Unique Format

Students at STS Tampa Bay learn from instructors 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.


In addition, all required classes for the one-year program are available at STS Tampa Bay, either through onsite lectures or live streaming with our other one-year teaching sites.

Route 66

Route 66 is an in-depth overview of all 66 books of the Bible. This study goes verse-by-verse through Scripture in chronological order, demonstrating the continuity of God’s Word as His plan unfolds and skillfully harmonizing His progressive revelation.


Route 66 is taught by the staff of STS Tampa Bay, and is open for students, their spouses, the congregation of Keystone Bible Church, and the community at large. Cost for this study will be $300 per semester for attendees.

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