A Heritage of Church and Training

The example of the Apostle Paul in Scripture is clear: Robust seminary training happens through a partnership with the local church. Throughout history, faithful men have followed Paul’s example by establishing training schools to equip leaders for ministry in the local church. We are proud to continue their legacy. Since 1986, The Master’s Seminary and Grace Community Church have partnered together to raise up future generations of faithful pastor-theologians. This partnership begins by sharing a campus, and it continues in every class, every chapel, and in every exhortation to shepherd the flock of God and preach his Word.

Chancellor of The Master’s University and Seminary

A founding member of the seminary and long-time president,  John MacArthur serves as chancellor of The Master’s University and Seminary,  

The Local Church

Our conviction that men should be trained for ministry in the context of the local church is carried out in our on-campus partnership with Grace Community Church and the like-minded churches who host our distance locations.

United Faculty

A seminary is no more nor less than its faculty.  At TMS, students not only studying on the campus of a local church, but under the men who lead it. Each year, our faculty of pastor-theologians re-sign our robust doctrinal statement.

Expository Preaching

Expository preaching is the hallmark ministry of a pastor consumed with the glory of God and the centrality of Scripture. We equip students to faithfully exegete and exposit the biblical text so that they may know what God means by what He says.

Global Missions

Our commitment to global missions is rooted in our view of Scripture and our desire to see every tongue, tribe, and nation reached with the gospel. TMS alumni serve the Great Commission in 46 countries around the world.


The Master’s Seminary opened its doors in 1986 to provide post-graduate theological training on the campus of Grace Community Church. For nine years previous,  the men of GCC had filled church vans and commuted daily to Talbot Seminary—the nearest option at the time.