Update on Pursuit of Relationship with the Association of Theological Schools

The King’s University (TKU) is pleased to announce that The King’s Seminary (TKS) was officially approved for Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) at their biennial meeting in Denver, Colorado, on June 20. The King’s Seminary is an entity within the Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies at TKU.

TKU president, Dr. Jon Chasteen, received a letter of welcome from Dr. Frank M. Yamada, executive director of ATS. Here is an excerpt from that letter, dated August 1, 2018:

“As the new academic year approaches, I am pleased to welcome you to membership in The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Association is a membership organization of 279 graduate schools in the United States and Canada, including the ten schools newly elected at this year’s Biennial Meeting in Denver. Schools in the Association conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. We are pleased to number The King’s Seminary among these other fine institutions.”

“TKU is already nationally accredited by The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), and our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy graduates are approved by the state of Texas to sit for state licensure exams as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT),” says Dr. David Cole, TKU provost and dean of the Jack W. Hayford School of Graduate Studies. “This new relationship with ATS is another level of recognition by our peers across North America that TKS provides quality graduate theological education.”

The approval for Associate Membership is one of several steps TKS must take in order to be considered for full membership with ATS. Next steps include being granted Candidacy status and conducting a comprehensive Self-Study, steps which TKS hopes to accomplish in 2019. You may wish to read more about ATS and this membership status on their website.

The University wishes to express their gratitude for TKU’s graduate faculty and the institutional effectiveness team for their ongoing commitment to excellence.


Posted September 19, 2018