August 22, 2017
Abby Sizemore, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (BSK) announced that it will establish offices
and begin offering a full Master of Divinity degree in West Louisville at HBCU
Simmons College beginning with the 2018 Spring semester. BSK was founded in
2001 and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
The unanimous decision was made at a special called meeting of the BSK Board of
Trustees on August 21. Since 2016 BSK has offered several classes at the Simmons
College campus but is accelerating its movement to cement a full presence in
West Louisville as the need has grown for action around racial reconciliation
within the Christian community. BSK president Dr. David Cassady explained the
motivation for the decision, “We seek to learn about ministry in our increasingly
diverse society so that we can better serve ministers and churches —this is the
world in which we minister. It is critical that we go beyond talking about racial
reconciliation and live into it. Presence matters, and we look forward to growing
and learning as we serve within and alongside this vibrant community. BSK is
coming to West Louisville expecting to be changed.” Beyond offering classes, the
seminary also will engage in ministry within the community.
Simmons President Dr. Kevin Cosby welcomed BSK to campus, “In most instances,
racial integration has always been a unilateral process where blacks move into
white space. BSK has reversed this model and decided to move into black space.
This is a reversal of the white flight of former generations. This is perhaps the first
time in history that an accredited seminary has moved onto the campus of an
HBCU. And we say, ‘Welcome BSK.'” Simmons College is an Historically Black
College or University (HBCU) in Louisville, Kentucky, offering undergraduate
degrees in sociology, music, religious studies and communications.
Being in Louisville also allows the school to serve leaders and churches in Central
and Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Dr. Dalen Jackson, Academic Dean
at BSK, described the seminary’s approach. “We help students develop an
imagination and expertise needed for living out their calling to ministry in a
variety of cultural and social contexts. We draw broadly from scripture and the
diverse witness of the church, old and new, as we cultivate practices of faithful
ministry. The invitation from Simmons College to collaborate in West Louisville
offers us the opportunity to incarnate more fully what it means to be made in the
image of God with diverse bodies and traditions as we seek together to find our
place in the mission of God.”
BSK received accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in the
United States and Canada (ATS). Headquartered in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, ATS is
the highest accrediting agency for theological education, including schools such as
Central Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Vanderbilt, Yale, Harvard.
The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky currently offers classes on the campus of
Georgetown College. “We are proud of our presence at and partnership with
Georgetown College and are excited to continue to offer classes in Central
Kentucky through our partnership with them,” said Dr. Cassady.
Since 2001 the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky has prepared men and women
sensing God’s leadership for life and ministry in faithful witness to Jesus Christ in
the church and the world. The seminary draws upon the breadth and depth of the
whole Christian tradition to undergird our common life and Christian formation.
BSK is committed to theological education affirming the God-given gifts of each
student and grounded in spiritual, moral, and intellectual formation in the
For more information, visit bsk.edu.