Who We Are

St. Andrews Chapel

St. Andrew’s Chapel – our training facility in Richmond VA

Saint Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary is a non-profit, private religious educational institution providing preparation for Christian ministry, critical thinking and research skills and academic scholarship through scholarly study of theology and the Bible.

Our Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrative staff are faithfully committed to the inspiration and the authority of the Bible, the historic creeds, the sacraments, the historic episcopate, and the mandate of Christ to teach the nations the everlasting Gospel.

SATCS is an Anglican college and seminary which seeks to help you answer your ministry call by providing the education and training you need to serve. SATCS gives you the tools and technology that allow you to learn from your own home, and places you within a community of scholars that will develop your academic and leadership gifts.

Our History

St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary was established in 1971 by the Orthodox Anglican Church. On September 3, 1975 the school was incorporated in the State of North Carolina as a non-profit, religious, educational institution. The seminary provided denominationally-specific theological training and education for Orthodox Anglican clergy in a residential setting. In 1995, a distance education program was initiated to allow students, who were unable to enter the residential program, to prepare for the ministry by studying via correspondence while attending workshops and seminars scheduled at churches across the United States. St. Andrews also opened enrollment to students who were not members of the Orthodox Anglican Church.

St. Andrew’s is thus the oldest continuously operating school of its type in the United States, training the next generation of Christian leadership. St. Andrew’s conducts theological instruction online, and provides various seminars and opportunities for hands-on course work and mentoring in various churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, disability, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admission policies and other college-administered programs.

Our Mission

 

St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary serves as an instrument to aid Bishops of the Church in fulfilling their divine commission to reach people for Christ, to teach and to disciple the People of God, by providing:

  • The primary formation of Godly men
    • For ordination for the sacred ministry;
    • And to plant and grow churches.
  • The ongoing development of those in Holy Orders;
  • The training of leaders for appropriate responsibilities in the Church, and;
  • The Body of Christ with orthodox, biblical and theological training.

To that end, SATCS seeks to provide a high quality education that is economical, flexible, convenient and practical. Our faculty is staffed by professionals who teach instead of professional teachers. Our work is a ministry – to give as much as we can to the rising leadership cadre of the church, not take. Because we believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive. And to accomplish this, many of our faculty and staff freely contribute their time, talents and expertise well beyond their remuneration, in order to keep tuition low and scholarship rates high for students.

Institutional Goals

St. Andrew’s students should be able to:

  • Obtain a high quality education that is economical, accessible, flexible, and convenient for a full range of Christian vocations
  • Develop spiritual maturity and a devout appreciation for biblical morality
  • Explore the historic Christian faith and biblical doctrine of the Book of Common Prayer in a supportive, positive environment
  • Nurture holiness and gain practical skills needed by clergy and laity through continuing educational opportunities
  • Prepare themselves fully as candidates for the sacred ministry who:
    1. Are competent to teach and preach the Word of God publicly
    2. Are skilled in the use of the Book of Common Prayer for the conduct of public worship and the administration of the sacraments
    3. Demonstrate pastoral skills used in a variety of ministerial contexts
    4. Exhibit the skills necessary to plant, nurture, and grow a church

Faculty and Staff 2015

 Ordination

SATCS attempts to work very closely with other jurisdictions in order to meet their various needs for qualified ordination candidates. Candidates who wish to pursue holy orders should contact the President of SATCS directly for referral and coordination for their desired ordination program.