The Bible Seminary

Life, Leadership, Legacy

aka The Bible Seminary   |   Katy, TX   |
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The Bible Seminary

EIN: 27-2190032


The Bible Seminary (TBS) exists to glorify God by impacting multitudes of souls for Christ and to help fulfill the Great Commission. Our mission is to foster biblical literacy through studies of all 66 books of the Bible, cultivate professional leadership skills, and deploy Christian disciples in service worldwide.

Ruling year info



Dr. K. Lynn Lewis


Dr. Scott Stripling

Main address

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd STE H120-930

Katy, TX 77494-3109 USA

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Subject area info

Higher education

Adult education


Population served info


NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Christian (X20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Bible Seminary aims to improve biblical literacy and understanding of all 66 books of the Bible for both laity and ministry leaders, and provide Bible-based, Christ-centered, experiential leadership training for ministry professionals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Certificate of Theological Studies

The Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS) is a 9-course, 27-hour non-degree program that offers vital educational experiences beneficial for anyone serving or who wants to serve in biblically-based, Christ-centered ministry leadership. The curriculum includes 7 CORE graduate courses common among all TBS degree programs, plus 2 ELECTIVE courses selected from any other available options. Fundamental skills and topics studied include hermeneutics, church history and theology, ministry leadership, public speaking/teaching, and spiritual formation, as well as a survey of all 66 books of the Bible and in-depth studies of numerous biblical books. Non-degree students are billed at the Audit rate per course. However, CTS students also have the option to earn 3-hour, graded credit by paying the full tuition and fees, attending and participating in course sessions, submitting all assignments, exams, and projects. Earned credit hours can be applied toward a graduate degree program if desired.

Population(s) Served

The Dual Degree Completion (DDC) program allows students with an Associate’s degree, coursework toward an unfinished undergraduate degree, and life experiences that may count toward college credit to enroll in The Bible Seminary on a degree track resulting in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Students who successfully complete this program will have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS), and either a companion Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Divinity (M Div) degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is customized for each student to incorporate previous college coursework (such as a 60-credit hour Associate degree), prior learning assessments, additional college studies, and TBS core graduate courses that can serve as dual bachelor/master credits.

Population(s) Served

The Bible Seminary's Master of Divinity (MDiv) program includes 28 courses (84-credit hours) designed to teach all 66 books of the Bible over a 3-year course of study. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Master of Divinity degree. The program is available for FULL-TIME students (registered for 9 or more credit hours per semester), PART-TIME students, and auditors.

Population(s) Served

A 60-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to study under recognized leaders in archaeology and related fields. Students will strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore basic archaeological history, theories, and methodologies.

Population(s) Served

A 54-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of biblical languages and culture.

Population(s) Served

A 60-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice a broad range of ministry skills. In addition to the general degree option, the following four concentrations are available: 1) Biblical Leadership (MABS BL), 2) Christian Education (MABS CE), 3) Media Production (MABS MP), and 4) Missions (MABS M).

Population(s) Served

A 48-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of church history and theology.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who graduate from college with no student loan debt

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Bible eminary aims to graduate all students free of any seminary debt. These numbers correspond to the total number of graduates of all programs each year who graduated debt-free (currently 100%).

Number of students enrolled

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of students enrolled in all programs during the academic year referenced (for example, 2022-23 equals year 2022 in the table). The 2023 metric only includes Fall 2023 semester so far.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Train at least 5000 persons who each reach at least 200 persons during their ministry to together positively impact 1 million souls who love and serve Jesus Christ as Lord.

Offer comprehensive, strategic educational opportunities to study all 66 books of the Bible ranging from single events to entire degree programs in association with ministry partners who want to offer next-level education in their locations to their communities.

The Bible Seminary has legal approval, organizational administration, and educational programming available at the main campus in Katy, Texas and at an increasing number of regional ministry locations (primarily churches and schools).

The Bible Seminary officially formed in 2010, graduated the first Bible Certificate students in 2011 and the first graduate degree students in 2015, redesigned the certificate and graduate degree programs in 2017 and 2018, has hired administrators and staff and developed key relationships with numerous regional ministry leaders and educational professionals, and now has a full sweep of educational opportunities and people available to carry out the mission. The seminary has successfully completed several steps toward accreditation and is highly engaged in that process, as well as continuing to increase funding and student enrollment.

The Bible Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: [email protected]] having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 26, 2020. This status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


The Bible Seminary
Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 106.32 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 37% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Bible Seminary

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Bible Seminary’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $27,119 $8,226 $14,676 -$288,847 $4,356
As % of expenses 3.5% 0.9% 1.8% -30.5% 0.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $21,007 $3,697 $10,722 -$297,550 -$6,436
As % of expenses 2.7% 0.4% 1.3% -31.1% -0.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $798,062 $876,030 $906,816 $660,981 $962,419
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.6% 9.8% 3.5% -27.1% 45.6%
Program services revenue 13.7% 17.7% 13.1% 25.1% 16.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% -0.1% 0.4% -0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 12.6% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 86.3% 82.2% 74.4% 74.4% 83.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $774,963 $867,804 $836,285 $947,033 $955,248
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.8% 12.0% -3.6% 13.2% 0.9%
Personnel 70.4% 72.5% 72.4% 70.5% 72.8%
Professional fees 6.0% 6.5% 7.0% 7.9% 4.2%
Occupancy 8.1% 7.7% 9.0% 8.2% 8.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.0% 13.3% 11.5% 13.4% 14.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $781,075 $872,333 $840,239 $955,736 $966,040
One month of savings $64,580 $72,317 $69,690 $78,919 $79,604
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $13,984 $5,246 $0 $23,122 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $859,639 $949,896 $909,929 $1,057,777 $1,045,644

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 6.8 6.9 7.1 2.2 2.3
Months of cash and investments 6.8 6.9 7.1 2.2 2.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.2 6.5 6.9 2.1 2.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $437,359 $502,158 $496,613 $173,527 $187,030
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $805 $15,315 $33,215 $36,669 $26,835
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $68,560 $73,805 $75,282 $98,405 $99,889
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.8% 80.3% 84.0% 73.1% 82.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.3% 12.5% 4.7% 5.0% 25.8%
Unrestricted net assets $477,686 $481,383 $492,105 $194,555 $188,119
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $55,855 $58,650 $61,465
Total net assets $477,686 $481,383 $547,960 $253,205 $249,584

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dr. K. Lynn Lewis

A creative, seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry. President of The Bible Seminary, Founder and Executive Director of Nehemiah Press, Founder and Executive Producer of Shiloh Network News, Founder and President of the media communications company InspireUSA, Inc. (registered trademark Celebrating the Best of America®), and former pastor and non-profit executive, including leadership in a K-12 private Christian school, a university foundation, a pregnancy care center, a counseling center, and others. An ordained minister, author, producer, and publisher of articles, books, magazines, musicals, songs, videos, and websites.


Scott Stripling

A native Texan with decades of experience serving as a pastor, principal, superintendent, professor, Development Director, teacher, coach, archaeologist, and more, Dr. Stripling serves as Provost of The Bible Seminary and is also the current Director of Excavations at Shiloh. He served as Field Supervisor of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan (2005-10), Director of the Khirbet el-Maqatir project (2010-16), and Supervisor of the Jerusalem Temple Mount Salvage Project. The Former Department Chair of Humanities at Wharton County Junior College, he has taught at several colleges and seminaries, worked as Director of Development at The IDEA Academy, helped co-found and serve as Principal of Covenant Christian Academy, and served as teacher and/or coach at several secondary schools. He is author of numerous articles and books, as well as a popular preacher and speaker in documentaries, podcasts, radio, television shows, and videos.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mr. Adam Peters

Air Liquide Group

Term: 2020 - 2026

Board co-chair

Julia Dean

Julia Dean Law

Term: 2020 - 2026

George Armistead

Retired from Unocal/Chevron

Robert Button

Retired from Amoco, BP, and Glori Energy

Harry Chapman

Chapman Schewe

Mickey Ellis

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Stan Goss

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Pat Ryan

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Mike McGown

Pastor of Parkway Fellowship Church

Judy Powell

Non-profit Administrator

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2024

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.