Holston Baptist Bible Institute/Seminary Extension

The mission of Seminary Extension is to provide theological education and ministry training of excellent quality to church leaders and members where they live. As we work to complete our mission, we are equipping today’s busy Christian ministers and lay people with theological knowledge, ministry skills and competencies. That means delivering Biblical, Theological, and Practical education to Christians wherever they live. Study options include studying with friends in local study groups and through correspondence. That means that Seminary Extension courses are available to just about everyone.

Who should enroll in Seminary Extension? Everyone who desires have a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Sunday School Teachers, Women Ministry Leaders, Pastors, new Preachers, etc. will profit greatly from the Holston Baptist Bible Institute.

There is an old adage that states the following: “If a hungry man is given a fish, he eats a meal; but if he is taught how to fish, he eats for the rest of life.” Many students take Seminary Extension courses because they simply enjoy the opportunity to learn. But these courses do much more. They provide students with the tools and skills to feed themselves and others. We would encourage every Christian to take the time to equip themselves for ministry. Because in doing so, they will be able to minister both inside and outside the church for life.

Seminary Extension is a biblical, affordable and effective means for equipping God’s people. It is also available and convenient. So why wait? Find out how you can become a Seminary Extension student today.

Seminary Extension is a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention Council of Seminary Presidents. This council is made up of the six presidents of the theological seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Seminary Extension is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Course Cost

Each Course will be $50. This fee covers the books and all other class material.

Class Meetings

Each class will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Holston Baptist Building, 207 University Parkway in the Lower Level. Each Course will meet for 8 weeks. Some classes will be offered via Distance Learning via the Internet (more info. will be released later about this platform of learning)

Degree Options

Students enrolled in the Holston Baptist Institute desiring to receive credit for courses will be working toward a Diploma in Biblical Studies with the endorsement of the Council of the Southern Baptist Seminaries.

Students may also audit the courses. The cost will be the same but the student will not be required to take exams or additional class assignments.


All instructors of the Holston Baptist Institute have graduated from accredited institutions with a minimum of a Master of Divinity Degree. Each instructor commits to teaching according the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

FALL 2023

FALL 2023 – August – December*

OT 3226 Jeremiah  (Exact Dates TBA)


Spring 2024 – January-April*

Session 1  NT 2189 1, 2, 3 John  (Exact Dates TBA)


Spring 2024 – January-April*

Session 2  CH 2313 Southern Baptist Heritage  (Exact Dates TBA)

Some additional Classes may be offered in an intensive format via internet platform of learning. This will help the student to complete the Diploma in Biblical Studies in a more efficient time frame.

 * Course schedule is tentative and is subject to change

Disclosure of Transferability of Credit

Credits earned at Seminary Extension may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Seminary Extension. You should obtain confirmation that Seminary Extension will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Seminary Extension to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Seminary Extension prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Seminary Extension to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Seminary Extension if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Seminary Extension and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Seminary Extension before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Credit Transfer

Any student desiring to take Seminary Extension courses in order to transfer them to another school should contact the receiving institution of choice before enrolling with Seminary Extension. Students must meet all the enrollment qualifications and take a monitored final examination provided by Seminary Extension in order for a class to qualify for transfer credit.


For Further Information:  Dr. Troy Rust is the director of the Holston Baptist Institute. He can be contacted at (423) 929-1196 or at troy@holstonba.org .