Training a New Generation of Christian Students Around the World in the Historic Theology of the Reformation

Seminary History

Whitefield Theological Seminary derives its name from the eighteenth-century revivalist, George Whitefield. Rev. Whitefield was a man of compassion, dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel. Reformed in his theology, he was one of the major influences of the eighteenth century, both in the British Isles and in the Great Awakening in colonial America. He traveled throughout England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Several orphanages started under his oversight, and his special ministry for children was evidenced as he saved his income to bring Christian schoolteachers to the southern colonies. His great desire to establish a theological seminary in the South was never realized in his lifetime.

Fulfilling Whitefield’s vision, this Seminary is dedicated to training men for the ministry; men of compassion who desire to proclaim our crucified and risen Lord and King. We desire to train ministers with a vision for reformation, i.e., making the nations Christ’s disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Whitefield Theological Seminary (WTS) was developed during a six-year period of research in the field of higher education. Various academic and practical programs were evaluated, resulting in the founding of Whitefield Theological Seminary in 1980. Whitefield began as a Graduate School of Theology, with both traditional and modular perspectives in learning. Soon, video, DVD and audio programming technologies were implemented, making it possible to develop advanced educational degree programs in a variety of new fields and allowing a better educational delivery method for distance learning. The Seminary added Graduate Schools of Education, Counseling and Church-State, and is developing new graduate schools in areas of missions, and philosophy.

WTS is totally supported by tuition and gifts from churches and friends of the Seminary. We do not accept government benefits or programs of assistance in the area of student education or operations. WTS exists and functions under the protection of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. All degree programs are designed for use in conjunction with church-related ministries. As a church-sponsored institution, WTS strives to maintain its independent educational status, free from both governmental interference and entanglement.


Everything you need to know about the Seminary and College is in the PDFs below. For prospective Seminary students, read the Catalog and Administrative Bulletin. You must read these documents carefully, for they not only explain what is involved but you will be required on the application to sign an agreement that you will abide by the guidelines and policies.


Seminary Catalog

Outlines all aspects of the Seminary including General Administration, Academic Information, and Degree/Course Descriptions.


Seminary Admin Bulletin

Supplement to the Catalog that includes Tuition fees, Non-Tuition Fees, Faculty Information, and a List of Whitefield Alumni as of 2010.


College Catalog

Outlines all aspects of the College including General Administration, Academic Information, Degree/Course Descriptions, and Fees.


Mr. Jason L Bradfield, M.A.

Interim President
Assistant Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church

Office Address:
1605 E Gary Rd
Lakeland, FL 33801

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 6321
Lakeland, Florida 33807

Whitefield Theological Seminary is an Affiliate institution of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries. As such, it participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the Association, and is committed to the quality of education ARTS promotes. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume ARTS accredited status at present or in the future.