In August 1951, the Philippine Baptist Mission of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention authorized the establishment of a theological school and asked Dr. Frank P. Lide to lead the project. The result was the establishment in 1952 of the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible School, Inc., with seven Chinese students and five faculty members.
From its humble beginnings sharing space at the Chinese Baptist Church of Baguio, PBTS transferred in 1955 to its present location in the picturesque Guisad Valley in Baguio City. The three-hectare campus features a mix of academic and administrative buildings, residential quarters for faculty and staff, and dormitories for students nestled among stately pine trees.
As of now, a total of nine Presidents have served with PBTS, starting with Dr. Lide in 1952. The transition from American to Filipino leadership happened only recently, in 1999, when Dr. Alfredo G. Saure became the first Filipino President Emeritus of the seminary. The current President is Dr. Armando Canoy, who started his term in September 2012.
To train God-called and church-selected men and women for Christian ministry.
Under the Lordship of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we strive to produce academically competent and ministerially skilled leaders who will advance the Kingdom of God.
People-Oriented. PBTS endeavors to develop servant leaders who are competent in holistic ministry.
Baptist Heritage. While PBTS participates in a broader evangelical community, we seek to foster a deep appreciation for the Baptist tradition in which we are rooted.
Theologically Sound. Accepting the full authority of the Bible in matters of faith and practice, PBTS strives for academic excellence and faithfulness to the revelation of God.
Spirit-Filled. With the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, PBTS emphasizes spiritual growth and active involvement in worldwide evangelism.
Statement of Beliefs
- The Holy Bible, consisting of 66 books, is the inspired record of God’s revelation of himself to humanity. It is the authoritative and sufficient guide in all matters of religious faith and practice.
- There is one and only one living and true God. He has revealed himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of his nature, essence or being.
- Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. As such, he was both completely human and divine in nature. Though tempted while in flesh, he was without sin in both nature and in conduct. In his death on the cross he made provision for the redemption of people from sin. He was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven where he is now the One and only mediator for all who trust him in saving faith.
- The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He convicts people of sin and effects regeneration in the believer. He enables Believers to understand divine truth. He guides, sanctifies, and comforts believers.
- Humans were created by God in his own image. Given freedom of choice, man and woman disobeyed God and brought sin into the human race. Because of one’s sinful nature and environment, all people have sinned and are in need of salvation.
- Salvation is offered by the grace of God to all who, in true faith, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In his substitutionary death, Christ provided eternal redemption for all who, in repentance from sin, come to him in faith. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by his Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
- The church was founded by Christ and includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. The New Testament speaks of it as his body. A New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers bound together by the Holy Spirit for worship, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to Christian Fellowship, and seeking to extend the gospel throughout the world. The church is a self-governing spiritual democracy whose members are equal in rank and privileges under the headship and authority of Christ. The scriptural officers of a church are pastors and deacons. The only ordinances of church are Christian baptism and the Lord’s Supper which are symbolic expressions of the message of salvation. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, symbolizing one’s death to sin and new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper memorializes the death of Jesus and expresses faith in his return to earth.
- Christ will come again in glory and power to judge and to reign. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrection bodies will receive eternal life and will dwell forever in heaven with the Lord.
- Sponsoring Groups
- Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches, Inc.
- Philippine Chinese Baptist Convention, Inc.
- Convention in Visayas and Mindanao, Southern Baptist Churches, Inc.
- Philippine Women’s Missionary Union
- PBTS Alumni Association, Inc.
- Association for Theological Education in Southeast Asia (ATESEA)
- Philippine Association of Bible and Theological Schools (PABATS)
- Asia Theological Association (ATA) – Associate Member
- Consortium Member
- Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary
- Approved by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration for Non-immigrant Students, by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), and by the US Veterans Administration.