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Faculty and History of the Seminary

Faculty of the London Reformed Baptist Seminary

Principal
Dr Peter Masters

Lecturers
Pastor Ibrahim Ag Mohamed (London)
Pastor Roger Brazier (London)
Pastor Roland Burrows (Cradley Heath, West Midlands)
Pastor Christopher Buss (Ashford, Kent)
Pastor Chris Hand (Crich, Derbyshire)
Rev. Jack Seaton (Inverness)
Pastor Mark Stocker (Southampton)
Rev. John Thackway (Holywell, North Wales)
Rev. Malcolm Watts (Salisbury)
Dr Ted Williams (London)
 

History

Over 300 years ago the church which is now called the Metropolitan Tabernacle was engaged in training men for the eldership and the preaching ministry.  In the late 1600s Pastor Benjamin Keach, a joint compiler of the 1689 London Baptist Confession and the second pastor of the church, directed the studies of such men.  Pastoral successors such as Dr John Gill and Dr John Rippon also engaged in the training of preachers, and the work of C.H. Spurgeon in commencing the Pastor's College (then attached to the Tabernacle) is well-known.  In the 1920s and 1930s Harry Tydeman Chilvers maintained a massive preachers' class which was used for the stimulation and preparation of many.  

The ministry of theological training, resumed in 1975 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, has an ancient precedent.  Within a few years of its inception, the London Reformed Baptist Seminary became the largest theological training enterprise of a reformed character in the UK.  In October 2014 the course moved entirely online to enable people in the UK as well as overseas to study at the seminary.  There are now around 400 seminarians from over 50 countries across the world.

From the beginning, the seminary has attracted a high proportion of men already in full-time pastoral charge, and also many holding graduate and postgraduate qualifications in other disciplines.