Southeastern forms partnership with Fruitland Baptist Bible College to offer B.A. in Pastoral Ministry

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and Fruitland Baptist Bible College (FBBC) are partnering together in an effort to more effectively train the next generation of leaders.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, FBBC graduates can also earn 46 hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral ministry from The College at Southeastern. Nearly half of western North Carolina pastors graduate with their associate’s from Fruitland, making this partnership invaluable by providing more extensive theological training to those called to pastoral ministry. 

“Southeastern Seminary has enjoyed a long and blessed relationship with Fruitland Baptist Bible College. Almost all of their administration are graduates of SEBTS, as are a number of faculty,” said SEBTS President Danny Akin. “Further, we share common commitments to the inerrancy of the Bible, expository preaching, personal evangelism and the Great Commission. We each love our Baptist heritage and are excited about what God is doing now and will do in the future. This partnership is the natural outcome of all these common commitments and convictions. Great days, I believe, are ahead of us.” 

Select courses for the B.A. in pastoral ministry will be offered on FBBC’s campus and all courses are available in an online format. In its first year of partnership, SEBTS will be offering Greek I and II, as well as History of Ideas I and II at FBBC. These courses are part of the core curriculum of Southeastern’s B.A. in pastoral ministry. The degree introduces students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of pastors through classes in pastoral ministry, discipleship, counseling and Bible exposition. 

Fruitland Baptist Bible College is owned and operated by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The purpose of Fruitland Baptist Bible College in its associate degree and certificate programs is to glorify God, serve the local church, and fulfill the Great Commission by developing Christian leaders who think biblically, communicate the gospel effectively, and serve in Christ’s kingdom with Godly character, competence, and commitment.   

Southeastern Seminary, located in Wake Forest, NC, seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission. Since 1950, Southeastern has trained and sent out thousands to minister in the United States and around the world. 

FBBC graduates desiring to pursue the B.A. in pastoral ministry through SEBTS will be expected to pay the SEBTS tuition rate. If financial aid is needed, students can contact the SEBTS Financial Aid office to explore available options. Applications must be submitted and completed no later than one month in advance of anticipated enrollment. To apply, visit

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