Distance Education

TMS at a Distance

Our distance locations bring the quality of our Master of Divinity program to local churches.




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The Need for Discipleship

Our distance locations are conducted in close association with the pastoral staff and leadership of the local church. Each of these churches have been thoroughly vetted to ensure total theological compatibility with TMS and a precise philosophy of ministry in line with Grace Community Church.

Immanuel Bible Church

Springfield, Virginia

Approximately 10 miles south of Washington D.C., Immanuel Bible Church (IBC) has a rich history of ministry in and around the nation’s capital. The IBC campus serves as the homebase for our D.C. distance location.

Alex Hairgrove | Administrator

Alex is the pastor of Membership & Connection at Immanuel Bible Church. He came to IBC in 2012, after having served in Iraq with the US Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Capital Bible Seminary (M. Div.) and is currently a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th. M., Theology).

The Master’s University and Seminary is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Grace Church of the Valley

Kingsburg, California

Grace Church of the Valley exists to glorify God by exalting the Savior, equipping the saints, and extending the kingdom of God. We are a community of believers committed to the exposition of the Word of God with a desire to live those truths out in the world.

Scott Ardavanis | Administrator

Scott Ardavanis serves as the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley. Scott was previously on pastoral staff of Grace Community Church. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s University and The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics. Scott earned his degrees at The Master’s University, B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott also serves on TMUS’s Board of Directors.

NorthCreek Church

Walnut Creek, California

In 1955, seven families from the Evangelical Free Church in Berkeley joined together to plant a church in Walnut Creek on January 8th, 1956. The church was soon able to purchase three acres of property “way out” on Ygnacio Valley Road. Some thought people wouldn’t go that far to attend church. But they did. Over the years NorthCreek Church has grown to a congregation of approximately 1200 people who meet in two services on Sundays. The church also has a K-8 school, a Biblical Counseling Center, and a number of local and global outreach ministries.

Kent Dresdow

Kent has been the pastor of NorthCreek Church since June 1, 2018. He has served on pastoral staff at NorthCreek since 2004. He has also served as an elder since 2007. He is thankful to oversee a variety of ministries for adults and families, while teaching in various roles as well. Kent comes to us with a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries and a Th.M. in Old Testament Theology from The Master’s College and Seminary. He also holds a D. Min. in Preaching from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Julie were married in 1998, and they have five children.

Countryside Bible Church

Dallas, Texas

This educational program takes place in an environment of spiritual fellowship and lifelong relationships which emphasize the worship of God, submission to the authority of Scripture, a life of personal holiness, the priority of the local church, and reaching the world with the gospel. Classes are taught on the beautiful campus of Countryside Bible Church.

Tom Pennington | Administrator

Tom has been the pastor-teacher of Countryside Bible Church since 2003. He previously served for 16 years at Grace Community Church in various roles including, elder, senior associate pastor, and personal assistance to John MacArthur. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of The Master’s Seminary and as managing director of Grace to You. Tom is a graduate of Bob Jones University (B.A., M.A., and additional Ph.D. classes) and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity from The Master’s University.

Faith Bible Church

Spokane, Washington

This educational program takes place in an environment of spiritual fellowship and lifelong relationships which emphasize the worship of God, submission to the authority of Scripture, a life of personal holiness, the priority of the local church, and reaching the world with the gospel. Classes are taught on the beautiful campus of Faith Bible Church.

Dan Jarms | Administrator

Dan is teaching pastor and team leader at Faith Bible Church in Spokane Washington. He has been married for 26 years to Linda, and has three adult children. He earned his B.A. in English at the Master’s University, B.Ed. at Eastern Washington University, M.Div. and D.Min. in Expository Preaching at The Master’s Seminary.

Anchorage Grace Church

Anchorage, Alaska

In 1977 Anchorage Grace Church began as a small home Bible study. In just a few years, it grew into a large and flourishing church, known throughout the community for its commitment to biblical exposition and Christian education. The distance location at AGC is a partnership reinforced by many other churches in Alaska who desire to see men trained for ministry in biblical exposition.

Jeff Crotts | Administrator

Jeff serves as the senior pastor of Anchorage Grace Church. He came to AGC in 2009, after serving eleven years as an associate pastor in Little Rock, AR and four years at The Master’s Univeristy. He earned a B.S. in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty University and a M.Div., and D.Min. from The Master’s Seminary. Jeff is the author of the book Illuminated Preaching, and his sermons are broadcast across southcentral Alaska.

Grace Bible Church

Bozeman, Montana

Classes and live-streams are hosted at Grace Bible church which had its beginnings in 1934, when a few faithful believers met together in homes for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. From the start, GBC has been motivated to glorify God by being and making disciples, and has a long history of seeking to obey the Great Commission both at home and abroad. Grace Bible currently cares for the souls of around 1,400 people every Sunday, and still meets throughout the week for Bible study, prayer, community groups; seniors’, men’s, women’s, youth, and work groups; meal prep, sports, and lots of coffee.

Bryan Hughes | Administrator

Bryan is the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, Montana, since 1984. He holds degrees from Moody Bible Institute (B.A.), Western Seminary (M.A.), and Trinity Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Bryan has taught in Ukraine, Africa, Siberia, Albania, Russia, Turkey, and Italy. He currently teaches at Montana Bible College and is a board member of The Master’s University. Bryan and his wife, Bev, have three adult children.

Program Purpose

The Master of Divinity curriculum provides a basic three-year program in graduate theological education for those preparing for church or mission vocations requiring ordination. The program is designed to provide a broad biblical, theological, and practical foundation for those entering pastoral, missionary, or other Christian education ministries. Through taking the Master of Divinity program, you will gain knowledge, personal growth, and pastoral preparation.

Program Details

Our unique hybrid approach enables us to maximize the educational impact of every class, and ensures that the excellence of our curriculum retains its fullest integrity.

Two-Way Live Stream

This unique teaching style connects students with the L.A. campus and professors for live interactive courses.

Onsite Classes

In-person interaction from professors enhances teaching on topics such as pastoral ministries.

Online Classes

Lectures are taught via pre-recorded teaching along with regular communication and feedback.

Entrance Requirements

Acceptance to the Master of Divinity program requires a continued standard of character in accordance with 1 Timothy 3:1-7, a life of Christian testimony and faithful service to the local church.

Applicants to the Master of Divinity program must possess a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Those with lower GPAs may be considered for probationary admission status.

For those who do not meet these entrance requirements, the same pastoral ministry training is available through the Bachelor of Theology and the Diploma of Theology programs.

Further Study

The M.Div also provides a basis for further graduate study leading to such degrees as Master of Theology (Th.M.)Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that The Master’s University and Seminary qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.). The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.