The Distance Location Program brings the quality of our Master of Divinity program to local churches.




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The Need for Discipleship

Our distance location sites 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.
    A critical components to TMS education is the spiritual formation that occurs through fellowship and church-service. All TMS students are required to be active in their own local churches. To underscore this, all TMS classes are held on the campus of a church that models a biblical philosophy of ministry for the students.

    Jesse Johnson | Associate Dean

    Jesse is the teaching pastor of Immanuel Bible Church (IBC), serves as the dean of our D.C. location. Jesse came to IBC in 2012, and previously served as an adjunct faculty member of The Master's Seminary, as well as at Christ Baptist Seminary in South Africa. He is a graduate of TMS (Th.M., M.Div.) and the University of New Mexico (B.A.).
  • Grace Church of the Valley

    Central Valley, 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 | Associate Dean

    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.
  • 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 | Associate Dean

    Tom is the Pastor-Teacher of Countryside Bible Church since 2003, serves as the dean of our Dallas location. Tom previously served 16 years at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California in various roles, including as an elder, Senior Associate Pastor, personal assistant to John MacArthur, 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 (D.D.) 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 | Associate Dean

    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.
  • 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 | Associate Dean

    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 at Bible colleges and conferences in Ukraine, Africa, Siberia, Albania, Russia, Turkey, Italy, and the United States. He currently teaches at Montana Bible College in Bozeman 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 livestream

Approximately 40% of the program connects students live with the L.A. campus and professors for interactive courses.

Onsite Classes

About 30% of the classes are taught in-person by professors.

Online Classes

The lecture portion of the remaining 30% of classes are taught via pre-recorded teaching.

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 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.).

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