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Mission & Vision

WHY CHOOSE PTSA?

PTSA- Christ Centered Academia, reverence that leads to action.
Let us begin our journey from the soils of the U.S. spreading out globally.

Christ centered Academic discipline
We search for the truth based on the bible. And we study with a Christ centered frame of mind.
PTSA offers disciplines other than Theology, that are also taught with Christ centered focus and understanding.

Reverence that leads to action
Our focus is to produce students with knowledge and spirituality that can meaningfully contribute in different areas of
society by providing them with education that combines Christ-centered faith and knowledge. To this end, we are doing
our best to support our students to grow and teach them to become responsible Christian leaders.

VISION

Our vision is for all nations to
Know Christ,
Become like Christ, and
Lead a Christ centered life.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to prepare individuals for missional living, nurturing their growth in Christ-like knowledge and character.
We aim for them to lead Christ-centered lives and guide others in doing so, regardless of the setting—be it multigenerational, multiracial, or multiethnic.
This goal resonates within the specific framework of our parent denomination,
the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad (KPCA), as well as within the broader scope of God's global kingdom.

EDUCATIONAL GOALS FOR EACH PROGRAM

Bachelor's Program

Christ-like spirituality
Lifestyle following Christ
Leader that acts upon Christ’s love

Master’s Program

Growing as a theologian with
Christ-centered mind and biblical
worldview

Doctor's Program

To produce Missional academics
through advanced research
To produce disciples based on
reverence and action in real life
To create a mission oriented church
communities in both our neighborhood
as well as globally

All faculty must subscribe to the following doctrinal position without reservation upon employment. This form must be signed and dated to confirm your doctrinal position.

Please be aware, however, that one’s doctrinal position is only truly exhibited by one’ s lifestyle and theological position ad communication in the God appointed teaching ministry. Therefore, even though a faculty member may voluntarily subscribe to this d octrinal statement by signature, if after due process it is determined that the faculty member does not actually conform to this doctrinal st atement, the faculty member can be deemed in breach of all employment contracts be tween presbyterian theological seminary in america and the faculty member can be de clared null and void by the school’s administration.

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America subscribes to t he following statement of faith:

  1. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, the only inerrant, perfect rule of faith and deed.
    (Scripture Reference: Ex. 3:14, John 4:24, Rev. 19:6)
  2. There is only one God, and one shall worship only God alone; God is the sp irit, is self-existent omnipresent, and distinguished from all other Gods and the created; God is infinite, eternal and unchangeable in God’s being, wisdom, p ower, holiness, justice, goodness, and love.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen. 1:1, Exd. 3:14, 31:13, Lev 19:2, Deut. 6:4, John 4: 24, I Cor. 8:4)
  3. There are three Person in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spi rit; God is the triune God, one in trinity, equal in power and glory.
    (Scripture Reference: Deut. 6:4, John 1:1-3, 14, Cor. 8:4, Gal. 3:20, I Timothy 2:5)
  4. God created all things visible and invisible by the power of God’s Word, and preserves and governs them, but God in God’s nature causes no sin. God plan s and acts according to God’s own will and governs all things to fulfill God’s purpose which is good, wise, and holy.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen.1:1, Ex. 4:15, Ps. 104:24, 30, Isa. 43:15, 45:7, 64:8, Mark 10:6, Col. 1:16)
  5. God created people, after God’s own image in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness with domin over every living thing. All people of the world are of s ole source; that is of same native and brother.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen. 1:26-27, I Cor. 11:7, Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:10, James 3 :9)
  6. Our first parents, being left with the freedom to choose between good and evi l, through temptation, transgressed the commandment of God. All humankind, descending from Adam by ordinary generation sinned in him and fell with hi m in his transgressed. The humanity, having the potential to commit a crime, besides the original sin and the corrupted human nature, has intentionally com mitted sin; so as we are justly liable to God’s just displeasure and punishment in this world and that which is to come.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen. 6:5, I Kings 8:46, Ps. 51:5, Prov. 20:9, 21:2, Ecc. 7:20, Rom. 14:23)
  7. God sent God’s eternal, only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to the world to save humanity from sin, the corruption, and the punishment thereof, to give eternal life in God’s infinite love; in Jesus Christ God became flesh and through Him can humanity be saved. The eternal Son became true human and pos sessed two distinctive personhoods in His nature, eternally as true God, and true power of the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the virgin Mary, of her substance, born of her, yet without sin. He obeyed per fectly to God, offered His body, became a true and perfect sacrifice, and satisfied divine justice. To rec oncile between God and humanity, Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, died, and buried. One the third day, He rose again from the dead. He is sitting on the right hand of God making intercession for His people. From thence He shall come for the resurrection of the dead, and to judge the world.
    (Scripture Reference: John 3:17, 34, 17:3, 23, 20:21, I John 4:9, 10, 14)
  8. The Holy Spirit, being out of God the Father and God the Son, works salvation in people, convicts them of their sin and misery, enlightens their hearts to know Christ, renews their will, exhorts them, empowers to accept Jesus Christ who freely offers humanity the Gospel in grace, and works in us to bear the fruit of God’s righteousness.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen. 2:7, John 16:9-11, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 12:1-3, Phil. 2:5-11)
  9. The Holy Spirit, being out of God the Father and God the Son, works salvati on in people, convicts them of their sin and misery, enlightens their hearts to know Christ, renews their will, exhorts them, empowers to accept Jesus Christ who freely offers humanity the Gospel in grace, and works in us to bear the fruit of God’s righteousness.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen. 2:7, John 16:9-11, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 12:1-3, Phil. 2:5-11)
  10. The sacraments instituted by Christ are baptism and holy communion; baptism of washing with water to be administered in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is the sign and seal of joining us in union with Christ, and the promise for our regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit and God’s possession of us. Baptism shall be served in remembrance of Christ’s death, and in the witness of the seal for the benefit derived from Christ’s death with which the believers are in union. Holy communion shall be observed by God’s people until the day of the Lord’s coming, and is a sign of a promise of a more faithful service onto the Load and a sign of communion with the Lord and his people, who believe in him, and rest upon his atonement from which God’s benefit flow to us. The benefits of the sacraments are not found in the sacraments themselves or any virtue of one by whom the sacraments are being administered, but only in the blessing by Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit in those who by faith receive the sacraments.
    (Scripture Reference: Matt. 3:11, John 16:7, Acts 10:44-46, 11:15-16, Gal. 1:4)
  11. All believer shall dutifully join in church membership with instruction, have fellowship with one another among the believers, observe the sacraments and other ordinances, obey all the laws of the Lords, pray always, observe the Lord’s Day holy, assemble with believers to worship he Lord and listen attentively to the preaching of the Word of God, render offerings as God provides us abundantly, share with one another the mind of Christ, also share the same mind with all other people, endeavor to promote the expansion of the Kingdom of Christ upon the whole world and wait expectantly for the appearance of the Lord in his glory.
    (Scripture Reference: Acts 2:44-45, 4:32, Rom. 12:13, Phil. 1:3-5, 4:18, II Cor. 1:11)
  12. The dead shall receive the reward according to the good and evil done in this world before the judgement seat of Christ when they will be resurrected in the last day. Those who believe in Christ, and are obedient to him shall be truly forgiven and accepted by him in Glory.
    (Scripture Reference: Matt.: 16:27, 24:29-31, 36, 44, Mark 8:38, John 5:24)
  13. Marriage has been ordained by God and is the exclusive covenantal union between a man and a woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment.  A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the Church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these Articles.
    (Scripture Reference: Gen.1:27, 2: 22-24, 1 Thes. 4, Matt. 19:4-6)
  14. Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia”πορνεια) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church . Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or dist ribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical wit ness.
    (Scripture Reference: Romans 1:26-27, 12: 1-2, I Cor. 6:9-10, I Timothy 1:9-10)

    I , , on this day of ______________ do hereby fully subscribe to the above d octrinal statement and fully understand that at anytime it is determined by the designa ted administrative authority of Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America that I no longer conform to the school’s doctrinal tenets that all contracts between myself and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America can be immediat

PAST PRESIDENTS

5th President:
Kim, In Soo

UnionTheological Seminary inVirginia Richmond,VA (Ph.D.)

The Church History Society in Korea, President

Institute ofTheological Education of Korea, President          

4th President:
Suh, Jung Woon

San FranciscoTheological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA (S.T.D.)

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary, 16th President

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary,
Honorary President

3th President:
Park, Hee Min

Toronto School ofTheology,Toronto, Canada (D.Min.)

Youngnak Church, 2nd Senior Pastor

Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad, 22nd President                 

2nd President:
Dr. Kim, Ke Yong

San FranciscoTheological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA (S.T.D.)

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary, 16th President

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary, Honorary President

4th President:
Suh, Jung Woon

San FranciscoTheological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA (S.T.D.)

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary, 16th President

Korean PresbyterianTheological Seminary, Honorary President

HISTORY OF PTSA

  • 2020'S
    2022
    • Received approval for Bachelor of Arts in Education from ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    • Received approval for Master of Divinity in Professional Chaplaincy from
    • ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    • Received approval for Master of Divinity in Professional Coaching from
    • ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    • Received approval for Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2021.10.11
    Received approval for Doctor of Intercultural Studies from ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2021.06.03
    Received approval for B.A. in Family Counseling rom ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2020.11.10
    Received approval for B.A. in SocialWork ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2020.02.12
    Received approval for B.A. in Global Business Administration from ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2020.01.31
    Received approval for M.A. in Intercultural Studies from ATS(The Association of Theological Schools)
  • 2010'S
    2018.11.13
    Received approval for M.A. in Intercultural Studies from ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2018.05.05
    Accepted as Full Member at ATS(The Association ofTheological Schools)
    2018.03.19
    Approved forVA benefits by Department ofVeterans Affairs
    2017.11.16
    Received approval for Ph.D. in Contextual Studies from ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)
    2016.09.12
    Approved for Financial Aid(Title IV) from Department of Education
    2016.05.11
    Dr. Sang Myoung reappointed as th President
    2016.02.22
    Reaccredited by ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)- 10years
    2014.04.08
    Opened Santa Fe Language & Culture Center
    2013.09.02
    Launched Distance Education program
    2011.02.24
    Accepted as Full member by ABHE(Association for Biblical Higher Education)

Approval and Accreditation

PTSA is a nonprofit corporation under the Corporations Code of California and qualifies for religious exemption pursuant to California Education Code CEC #94739 (b) (6). PTSA is licensed by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for the purpose of offering its educational programs.
Furthermore, PTSA is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5880 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.
PTSA achieved membership status from Council for Higher Education Accreditation(CHEA) and a membership from ATS (The Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110 www.ats.edu), the internationally recognized accrediting body of seminaries and schools of divinity in the United States and Canada. 

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu) and is approved to offer the following degrees.
Notice on June 23, 2023 – Our ATS accreditation status has been updated to Accredited on Warning as decided by the ATS Board of Commissioners.

  • Master of Divinity (Concentrations in Culturally Competent Pastoral Leadership, in Professional Chaplaincy, in Professional Coaching)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

The degrees are not approved by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools but are approved by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation ABHE (www.abhe.org).

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Coaching
  • Doctor of Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Contextual Studies

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste.130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207. 0808) to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Family Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Divinity in Culturally Competent Pastoral Leadership
  • Master of Divinity in Professional Chaplaincy
  • Master of Divinity in Professional Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Professional Coaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Contextual Studies
  • Doctor of Intercultural Studies
  • ELSP Certificate

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The goal of accreditation is…

  1. A graduate of unaccredited program will not be eligible to sit for the applicable license exam in California and other states.
  2. A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California.
  3. That a student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid programs.
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary
Education(BPPE)​
1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225.
Sacramento, CA 95833
TEL : (916) 574 - 8900
https://www.bppe.ca.gov
Email : bppe@dca.ca.gov
The Association for Biblical Higher
Education(ABHE)
5850 T G Lee Blvd, Suite 130,
Orlando, FL 32822
TEL : (407) 207 -0808
FAX : (407) 207 -0840
https://www.abhe.org
Email : exdir@abhe.org
The Association of Theological Schools
(ATS)
10 Summit Park Drive,
Pittsburgh, PA, 15275-1110
TEL : (412) 788 - 6505
FAX : (412) 788 - 6510
https://www.ats.edu
Email : communication@ats.edu

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