For a number of years, the elders of Grace Community Church (GCC), under the leadership of pastor-teacher John MacArthur, envisioned a seminary program that trained men for ministry in the context of a local church. In 1977, Talbot Theological Seminary helped bring partial fruition to that goal by initiating an extension center on the campus of GCC.
On the foundation of that extension center, The Master’s Seminary opened its doors on the GCC campus in 1986 with the purpose of training men of God, thoroughly equipping them for Bible exposition and local church ministry. The seminary launched its inaugural year with ninety-five students and four full-time faculty members. These included Dr. Irv Busenitz, Dr. Marc Mueller, Dr. Charles R. Smith, and Professor Donald G. McDougall.
The Master’s Seminary first received regional accreditation in 1988 with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Beginning with ninety-five students and four full-time faculty members in its inaugural year, the seminary has grown to its current level of approximately 500 students and a faculty of eighteen full-time members.
The seminary continues its singular commitment to the conviction it was founded on—training men for a lifetime of faithful ministry. Over 1,500 graduates now minister on six continents, and alumni training centers functioning under The Master’s Academy International reflect TMS’s vision in 18 locations around the globe.