Extension Centers and Regional Hubs

For over a quarter of a century, NOBTS has been providing theological education through extension centers. In order to provide quality theological training for persons in the Southeast already engaged in ministry, NOBTS has made a commitment to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. We therefore strive to have an extension center within driving distance of every area in the Southeast.

In the fall of 2007, the Seminary raised the status of the Atlanta/North Georgia extension center and the Orlando extension center to that of Regional Hubs.

Under the direction of the Provost and the Dean of Graduate Studies, there are two regional associate deans: Dr. Jody Dean, for Louisiana/Mississippi centers; and Dr. Peter Kendrick, for Alabama/Georgia centers. In addition, two regional coordinators direct the extension centers in Florida.

Contact Us

For more information contact the following:

  • Dr. Bo Rice
    Dean of Graduate Studies
    504.282.4455

    brice@nobts.edu

  • Dr. Jody Dean

    Senior Regional Associate Dean for Louisiana/Mississippi

    504.282.4455

    jdean@nobts.edu

  • Dr. Peter Kendrick

    Regional Associate Dean for Alabama/Georgia

    770.321.1606

    pkendrick@nobts.edu

  • Dr. Delio DelRio

    Regional Coordinator for North/Central Florida

    407.290.1579

    ddelrio@nobts.edu

  • Dr. David Lema

    Regional Coordinator for South Florida

    305.888.9777

    dlema@nobts.edu

Additional information about extensions and regional hubs may be found on the Seminary’s Home Page on the Internet at www.nobts.edu/extensions.

Campuses and Regional Hubs

Louisiana/Mississippi Extension Center Locations
Dr. Jody Dean, Associate Professor of Christian Education; Senior Regional Associate Dean for Louisiana and Mississippi
jdean@nobts.edu
504.282.4455, ext. 3349
www.nobts.edu/extensions

NOBTS Main Campus (New Orleans, LA) - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Phone: 800.662.8701
Classes: Daily except Sundays
3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126

Monroe (LA) Extension Center- Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Mr. Jay George Phone: 318.914.0518
E-mail: jay@northmonroe.com
Classes meet at North Monroe Baptist Church
210 Finks Hideaway Road, Monroe, LA 71203
Master's Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: Students may utilize the library at North Monroe Baptist Church. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.
Undergraduate Degree: Students may earn the Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry in the Monroe center. Classes are offered on Mondays and are taught by local adjunct teachers. The schedule of classes is on a three-year cycle. All of the required courses in the Christian Foundation core and the free electives are taught at the center. The remainder of the General Education courses may be transferred from an accredited institution.

Monroe Adjunct Faculty
Bill Ashburn
MDiv, SWBTS

Barry Blanton
M.A.R.E., SWBTS; DMin, NOBTS

Reggie Bridges
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

David Brown
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Kathy Eichelberger
DMin., NOBTS

Jarrett Fix
MDiv., NOBTS

Jay George
M.A.R.E., SBTS

Ben Northcutt
MDiv., NOBTS

Jerry Price
MDiv., NOBTS

North Louisiana Extension Center (Shreveport, LA) - Undergraduate & Masters Degrees
Director: Dr. Scott Teutsch Phone: 318.734.9248
E-mail: joell143@att.net
Classes meet at Broadmoor Baptist Church
4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105
Master's Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: Students may utilize Broadmoor Baptist Church’s library. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.
Undergraduate Degree: Students may earn the Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry in Shreveport. Classes are offered on Thursday and are taught by local adjunct teachers. All of the required courses in the Christian Foundation core and the free electives are taught at the center. Some General Education courses are taught at the center. The remainder of the General Education courses may be transferred from an accredited institution

North Louisiana Adjunct Faculty
Herb Armentrout
M.M., SWBTS

Cliff Estes
D.Min., Th.M., NOBTS

Tom Harrison
M.Div., DMin., NOBTS

Byron Longino
M.Div., Ph.D., SWBTS

Scott Teutsch
M.Div., D.Min., NOBTS

Clinton (MS) Extension Center - Master's Degrees
Contact: Evan Lenow
Phone: 601.925.3208
E-mail: elenow@mc.edu
Classes meet at Mississippi College
200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39058
Degrees: MDiv and MACE Classes : Mondays
Library: Students are permitted to use the library collections at Mississippi College and Reformed Theological Seminary, located down Clinton Boulevard toward Jackson. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.

Clinton Adjunct Faculty
Greg Belser
MDiv, DMin, SWBTS

David Champagne
MA, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Dan Hall
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Greg Pouncey
MDiv, PhD, SWBTS

John Taylor
MDiv, SWBTS; PhD, NOBTS

Jackson (MS) Extension Center - Undergraduate Degree
Contact: Clint Ritchie
Phone: 602.746.2471
E-mail: clint@fbcyazoo.org
Classes meet at Broadmoor Baptist Church
1531 Highland Colony Parkway Madison, Mississippi 39110
Degrees: Students may earn the Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry in the Jackson center. Classes are offered on Mondays and are taught by local adjunct teachers who bring many years of experience in practical ministry to the classroom. The schedule of classes in the Southwest Louisiana Center is on a three-year cycle. All of the required courses in the Christian Foundation core and the free electives are taught at the center.

Jackson Adjunct Faculty
Matt Buckles
MDiv, DMin, NOBTS

Charlie Boudreaux
MA, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Clint Ritchie
MDiv, SWBTS; DMin, NOBTS

John Pace
Th.M, MDiv., Ph.D., NOBTS

Mid-South Extension Center (Olive Branch, MS) - Master's Degree
Director: Dr. Wade Stevens
Phone: 662.895.1900
E-mail: midsouthcenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Longview Heights Baptist Church
4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Degree: MDiv
Classes : Mondays
Library: Students may utilize the library at Longview Heights Baptist Church. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.

Mid-South Adjunct Faculty
James Adams
MDiv, PhD, MABTS

Lee Castle
MDiv, NOBTS; DMin, SBTS

North Mississippi Extension Center (Blue Mountain, MS) - Master's Degree
Director: Dr. Ron Mitchell
Phone: 662.808.1846
E-mail: jrmitchell43@hotmail.com
Classes meet at Blue Mountain College
201 W. Main Street, Blue Mountain, MS 38610 Degree: MDiv
Classes : Mondays
Library: Students may utilize Blue Mountain College’s library. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.

North Mississippi Adjunct Faculty
Ron Mitchell
MRE, NOBTS; DMin, Bethany Theological Seminary

David Shepherd
MDiv, PhD, MABTS

Michael Warren
MDiv, PhD, MABTS

Alabama/Georgia Extension Center Locations
Dr. Peter Kendrick,
Professor of Theology and Culture, occupying the Nelson L. Price Chair of Leadership;
Regional Associate Dean for Alabama and Georgia; and Director, North Georgia Hub
pkendrick@nobts.edu
770.321.1606
www.nobts.edu/extensions

North Georgia Regional Hub (Duluth, GA) - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Peter Kendrick
Phone: 770.321.1606
E-mail: pkendrick@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Cross Pointe Church. The NGA offices are at 1800
Satellite Blvd. NW, Duluth, GA 30097
Master's Degrees: MDiv, MDiv with specialization in Christian Education, MACE, and MA in Worship Ministries
Classes: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
Library: The growing library at the North Georgia Campus stands at approximately 20,000 volumes. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.
Undergraduate Degrees: Students may earn the Diploma in Christian Ministry, the Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry degree, or most of the hours for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry at the undergraduate level.

KTI (North Georgia Regional Hub Duluth, GA)
Contact: Dr. Bong Soo Choi Phone: 678-533-7466
E-mail: bchoi@nobts.edu
Degree: MDiv

North Georgia Trustee-elected Faculty
Bong Soo Choi
Professor of New Testament and Greek;
Director of Korean Theological Institute
MA, MDiv, SBTS; ThM, Princeton; PhD, Temple University

Peter Kendrick
Professor of Theology and Culture, occupying the Nelson L. Price
Chair of Leadership; Regional Associate Dean for Alabama and
Georgia; Director, North Georgia Hub
MDiv, ThD, NOBTS

R. Allen Jackson
Professor of Youth Education and Collegiate Ministry (Ministry-Based)
MRE, PhD, NOBTS

Jonggil Lee
Associate Professor of Expository Preaching;
Director, Korean Doctor of Ministry Program
MDiv, Korean BTS; ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Robert Wilson
Associate Professor of Christian Ministry (Ministry-Based Faculty)
BA, California Baptist University; BS, Clayton State University
MDiv, MACE, DMin., NOBTS

North Georgia Adjunct Faculty
Diann Ash
BS, Florida State University; M.E. Georgia State University

Terry Braswell
BA, Brewton-Parker College; MDiv, NOBTS; ThM, PhD., SBTS

Gary L. Greene
MA, NOBTS; MA, Multnomah

Jim Haskell
MDiv, DMin, SWBTS

Amy Ivey
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Judi Jackson
Director of Student Services, North Georgia Center
MRE, PhD, NOBTS

David Judd
MBA, University of Baltimore; MATS, MRE, Liberty University;
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Michael O’Neal
MDiv, PhD, SBTS


Charles Owusu
MDiv, ThM, NOBTS

C. Mike Purdy
MDiv, NOBTS; DMin,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary;
ThD, University of South Africa

Jimmy Slick
BCM., Shorter; MM., Georgia State University; D.Ed.Min., NOBTS

Bert Smith
BA, University of South Florida; M.Ed., Lesley University

Korean Theological Institute Adjunct Faculty
Jeongseop Ahn
MDiv, Korea BTS; ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Sung Kyung Chang
MM, Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Korea; MM, SWBTS

Bonggi Choi
MDiv, Korea BTS; ThM, Kosin University; PhD, SBTS

Jeong In Choi
BA, MA, MDiv, Korea BTS; PhD, NOBTS

Sung Eun Choi
MDiv, PhD, SBTS

Eul Kee Chung
MM, Korean BTS; MDiv, PhD SWBTS

Hyoung Min Kim
MDiv, PhD, SWBTS

Seong A. Kim
MA, PhD., Chung-Ang University, Korea

Jeongmin Kwak
ME., SungkyunKwan University, Korea; MA, MDiv, ThM., Liberty Theological University

Jung Lim Lee
MDiv, NOBTS

Shin Deok Ra
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

David (Soon Koo) Ro
MDiv, SBTS; ThM, Yonsei University; PhD, SBTS

Jihye Shin
MA, Korea University; PhD, Georgia State University

Heuikwang Shin
MA, Sogan University, Korea; MACE, PhD, SWBTS

Hochul Song
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Robert Suh
MDiv, PhD, SBTS

Yunhee Sym
MA, SBTS; MS, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD (ABD), Fuller Theological Seminar

David Yi
MDiv, Methodist Theological Seminary; Advanced MDiv, PhD, SBTS

Jonesboro (GA) Extension Center- Master's Degree
Director: Dr. Ruben Torres
Phone: 770.471.0617
E-mail: jonesborocenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at First Baptist Church
148 Church Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Degree: MDiv
Classes: Tuesdays
Library: Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is available as well as the E-library.

Birmingham (AL) Extension Center - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Stephen Hall
Cell Phone: 205.516.4535
E-mail: BHMdirector@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Valleydale Church, 2324 Valleydale Road,
Birmingham, AL 35244
Master's Degrees: MDiv and MACE
Classes: Mondays; Tuesday and Thursday nights
Library: NOBTS maintains a library collection of more than 2,600 volumes at the Birmingham center. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available.
Undergraduate Degrees: Students may earn the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry or the Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry degrees. Classes are offered on Mondays all day. Students may pursue a Christian Ministry Major or a Biblical Studies Major. Classes are taught by the NOBTS faculty and local adjunct teachers. The schedule of classes is on a three-year cycle. All of the required courses in the Christian Foundation core and the free electives are taught at the center. Most General Education courses may be transferred from an accredited institution.

Birmingham Trustee-elected Faculty
Bob Hall
Assistant Director, Birmingham Extension Center
Professor of Discipleship (Ministry-Based);
BS, Carson-Newman; MA, Samford; MDiv, DMin, NOBTS

Birmingham Adjunct Faculty
Matt Aernie
MDiv, MWBTS; ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
PhD, University of Wales Lampeter

David Bradford
B.S., University of Monavallo; MDiv., DMin., NOBTS

Josh Burnham
B.A. Mississippi State: M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., NOBTS

Bobby Burt
B.S., Mississippi State University; MDiv., SWBTS; ThM., DMin, PhD., NOBTS

Barry Chesney
B.S., Mississippi State; M.T., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., SBTS

Stephen Hall
Undergraduate Coordinator for Birmingham Extension Center MDiv, DMin, NOBTS

L. Dale Huff
MDiv, DMin, SBTS

Jason Jarvis
B.A., Samford University; MDiv, DMin, NOBTS

John Killian
B.A., Tennessee Temple University; MDiv., DMin., NOBTS

Teman Knight
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Charlie Martin
B.M., Mississippi College; M.C.M, D.Min., NOBTS

Ronald Pate
MDiv, ThD, NOBTS

Deric Thomas
MACE, MDiv, SBTS
DMin, Samford University

Ryan Whitley
MDiv, NOBTS; DMin, Beeson Divinity School

Michael Yopp
MDiv, EdD, NOBTS

Central Alabama Extension Center (Montgomery) - Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Teman Knight
Phone: 334.279.9976
E-mail: Teman@HBCM.net
Classes meet at Heritage Baptist Church
1849 Perry Hill Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
Degrees: MDiv and MACE
Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Library: NOBTS maintains a small library collection at the Center. Access to the John T. Christian Library in new Orleans is also available.

Montgomery Adjunct Faculty
W. Stacey Boutwell
MDiv, PhD, SWBTS

V. David Chism
MRE, SWBTS; MA, Univ. of AL; EdD, NOBTS

L. Dale Huff
MDiv, DMin, SBTS

Teman Knight
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Ronald Pate
MDiv, ThD, NOBTS

Ryan Whitley
MDiv, NOBTS; DMin, Beeson Divinity School

North Alabama Extension Center (Huntsville) - Undergraduate & Master's Degree
Director: Dr. Bobby Burt
Phone: 256.714.7018
E-mail: HuntsvilleCenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Whitesburg Baptist Church
6806 Whitesburg Drive South, Huntsville, AL 35802
Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: NOBTS maintains a small library collection at the center. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available, as well as, EBSCOHost, ProQuest and other databases online that offer over 5,000 library resources.

Huntsville Adjunct Faculty
Joey Aderholt
B.S. Samford University,; MDiv., PhD., SBTS

Matt Aernie
MDiv, MWBTS; ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,
PhD, University of Wales Lampeter

W. Stacey Boutwell
MDiv, PhD, SWBTS

Bobby Burt
B.S., Mississippi State University; MDiv, SWBTS; ThM, DMin, PhD, NOBTS

David Cofield
BGS, Samford University; MDiv,, NOBTS

Anthony Guthrie
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Robert E. Jackson
MDiv, PhD, SBTS

Teman Knight
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Ronald Pate
MDiv, ThD, NOBTS

Marshall Turner
M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School; B.A. , University of AL

Douglas Walker
B.S., Auburn University; M.S., University of Arkansas; M.Div., Beeson Divinity School; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Ryan Whitley
MDiv, NOBTS; DMin, Beeson Divinity School

Tuscaloosa Extension Center - Undergraduate & Master's Degrees
Director: Dr. Jared Case
Phone: 205.792.8839
E-mail: TuscaloosaCenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Forest Lake Baptist Church
107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: NOBTS has access to the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is also available, as well as, EBSCOHost, ProQuest and other databases online that offer over 5,000 library resources.

Tuscaloosa Adjunct Faculty

Aaron Barnes
B.A., The University of AL; MDiv, NOBTS

Kyle Bryant
B.S., The University of AL; MDiv, NOBTS

Jared Case
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Harvey Edwards
B.A., University of Mississippi; M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary

John Killian
B.A. Tennesee Temple University; MDiv, D.Min., NOBTS

Teman Knight
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Steve Layton
B.G.S Samford University; MDiv, DMin, NOBTS

Ronald Pate
MDiv, ThD, NOBTS

Scott Reynolds
B.S. Troy State University; M.A.C.E., NOBTS; DMin., Trinity Theological Seminary

Ryan Whitley
B.S. University of Alabama; MDiv,, NOBTS; D.Min., Beeson Divinity School

Florida Extension Center Locations
Dr. Delio DelRio
Regional Coordinator for North/Central Florida
ddelrio@nobts.edu
407.290.1579
http://www.nobts.edu/extensions/florida-centers/orlando-florida.html

Orlando (FL) Regional Hub - Undergraduate & Master's
Director: Dr. Hal Stewart
Phone: 407.290.1579
E-mail: orlandocenterdir@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Church at the Cross, Orlando
700 Good Homes Road, Orlando, FL 32818
http://www.nobts.edu/extensions/florida-centers/orlando-florida.html
Master's Degrees: MDiv and MACE
Classes: Mondays
Library: The Seminary library in Orlando has over 6,000 volumes. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is available as well as the E-library.
Undergraduate Degrees: Students may obtain an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry degree. Classes at the Orlando Center meet on Mondays for Undergraduate classes.

Orlando Trustee-elected Faculty
Delio DelRio
Assistant Professor of New Testament (Ministry-Based); Regional
Coordinator for North/Central Florida
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

M. Hal Stewart, Jr.
Associate Professor of Discipleship (Ministry-Based)
Director of Spiritual Formation
ME, Clemson University; MDiv, SEBTS; ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Daniel Warner
Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, occupying the Don and Helen Bryant Chair of Old Testament and Archaeology (Special Contract Faculty) ThM, Grace Theological Seminary; PhD, Trinity College and the University of Bristol, England

Orlando Adjunct Faculty
Joseph Alain
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Robert Arnold
MDiv, SWBTS; ThM, SBTS; DMin, RTS

Clayton Cloer
MDiv, PhD, MABTS

Brian Richards
MDiv,, ThM., NOBTS

Michael Wilburn
MA, MRE, MDiv, Liberty University; ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Tallahassee (FL) Extension Center - Master's Degree
Director: Mr. Kevin C. Hall
Phone: 850.386.4288
E-mail: tallahasseecenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at Thomasville Road Baptist Church
3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308
http://www.nobts.edu/extensions/florida-centers/tallahassee-florida.html
Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is available as well as the E-library.

Tallahassee Adjunct Faculty
Shelley Todd
MDiv, PhD, NOBTS

Dr. David Lema
Regional Coordinator for South Florida
dlema@nobts.edu
305.888.9777
http://www.nobts.edu/extensions/florida-centers/south-florida.html

Tampa (FL) Extension Center - Undergraduate Degrees
Director: Dr. Bob Magruder
Phone: 813.767.6510
E-mail: tampacenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at First Baptist Brandon
216 N. Parsons Ave. Brandon, Florida 33510
Degree: Students may obtain an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry degree. Classes at the Tampa Center meet on Mondays for Undergraduate classes. http://www. nobts.edu/extensions/floridacenters/tampa-florida.htm

Tampa Trustee-elected Faculty
Delio DelRio
Assistant Professor of New Testament (Ministry-Based);
MDiv, ThM, PhD, NOBTS

Tampa Adjunct Faculty
Joe Alain
Th.B., BCF, MDiv, Ph.D., NOBTS

Robert Arnold
MDiv., SWBTS; Th.M., SBTS; DMin., RTS

John Connell
MDiv.,Th.D., NOBTS

Mitchell Landress
MDiv., DMin., SEBTS

Bob Magruder
M.A.C.E, NOBTS; Ed.D. SEBTS

Eleonore Rayburn
B.A., M.A., Liberty University

South Florida Extension Center (Miami, FL) NOBTS Center for the Americas
Director: Dr. David Lema
Phone: 305.888.9777
E-mail: southflcenter@nobts.edu
Classes meet at First Baptist Church, Hialeah
631 East 1st Ave, Hialeah, FL 33010
http://www.nobts.edu/extensions/florida-centers/south-florida.html
Degree: MDiv
Classes: Mondays
Library: The Seminary maintains a library collection in South Florida that currently numbers approximately 8,000 volumes. Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is available as well as the E-library.

South Florida Trustee-elected Faculty
David Lema
Professor of Missions; Regional Coordinator for South Florida;
Director of the Center for the Americas
MDiv, ThM, DMin, PhD, NOBTS

South Florida Adjunct Faculty
Travis Laney
MDiv, PhD, SBTS

New Orleans Campus Academic Opportunities

The Seminary offers special workshops and summer terms each year on the campus in New Orleans. These courses offer extension center students the opportunity to experience campus life and to get to know the on-campus faculty, staff, and administration.

Extension center students may also participate in a unique on-campus experience by taking classes during Red Carpet Week in New Orleans. This academic workshop week has special activities to acquaint students with New Orleans, the NOBTS campus, the on-campus faculty, and students from other centers. A number of interactive activities and fellowship meals are planned throughout the week.

Teaching Faculty

The teaching at the graduate extension centers is done by trustee-elected faculty at some centers, by on-campus professors using interactive television to teach students at the extension centers and the campus in New Orleans, and by adjunct professors who live near the site of each center. A careful balance is maintained among the three. Most adjunct teachers have terminal degrees in the disciplines in which they teach. Some advanced Doctor of Philosophy students who hold the Master of Theology teach courses under the supervision of faculty members in the divisions related to their disciplines.

Compressed Interactive Video (CIV)

Some graduate extension center classes are taught simultaneously through compressed interactive video (CIV). This real-time video and audio makes it possible for on-campus teachers to interact with students in all of these connected centers.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the extension centers are the same as the requirements for all the graduate programs of the Seminary. Please see the section on admission requirements in this catalog for details.

Application Process

Applications for new students must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than thirty days before the beginning of classes.

Orientation

All students enrolling in the graduate extension centers are required to attend a period of orientation to the Seminary and the extension center program. These orientation periods for new students are usually held near the beginning of the semester and are conducted in the centers. Please check the Seminary website at www.nobts.edu, or contact the local directors or the Regional Associate Deans for specific dates and times for the orientation meetings.

Registration

New students in the extension centers are required to register for classes on the announced date of registration. Registration for returning students must be done on the Internet. Returning students should check the Seminary website at www.nobts.edu for information on Internet registration. Questions also may be directed to the Registrar’s Office on the New Orleans campus or to the Regional Associate Deans.

Late registration for any reason will result in a late registration fee as indicated in the Fee Schedule in this catalog. Students are responsible for receiving information concerning registration dates and details. This information may be received from the Seminary website, the center directors, the Registrar’s Office, or the Regional Associate Deans. When the student registers after the beginning of the class, he or she is responsible for all classes missed. Students are also reminded to review the seminary policy on Dropping and Adding a Course (refer to the Catalog Index).

Three-Year Cycle of Courses

The cycle and schedule of academic workshops for the graduate extension centers are available on the seminary website. Graduate courses in the NOBTS extension centers are offered in a three-year cycle. Students entering the extension centers at any point and taking all of the courses offered in the cycle can finish the standard Master of Divinity degree in three years, including approximately 30 hours of additional classes which may be taken online or through workshop offerings. Master of Divinity specializations are not normally offered in the extension centers. Students in the extension centers who are interested in the specializations should contact the Academic Advisors. Courses for the Master of Arts in Christian Education and Master of Arts in Worship Ministries are only offered at selected graduate centers. See each center description for details.

Course Format Options

  • Courses in the Standard MDiv Degree may be earned through several format options:

    Hybrid, Weekly, or Bi-Weekly Courses Mentoring Courses

    Academic Workshops Internet Courses

    NOLA2U Courses (See Online Learning page)

    Approved Independent Studies

    Tuesday-Thursday night cycles (extension centers or at NOBTS)

    Summer Institutes

  • Tuition for the Hybrid Classes will be at the Hybrid Class Rate.

  • No absences are allowed in academic workshops or one-week summer courses. For the four-time per semester hybrid courses, students can miss only one of the four monthly class sessions. For the eight-time per semester hybrid courses, students can miss only two of the eight class sessions. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students will take the cycle as offered and the other workshop courses during the semester breaks or summers. If you need more information, please contact Dr. Jody Dean, Senior Regional Dean, or your Regional Dean’s office.

Library Services for Extension Center Students

Access to library materials is an important part of the Seminary experience. Most centers have a library at the site where classes are held. At the Clinton, North Mississippi, and North Alabama centers, students have access to the college libraries on those campuses where classes are held. At most of the other centers, libraries are available where classes meet. These centers have a library of basic books and periodicals that may be checked out for student use. Usually, instructors request from the main library in New Orleans a number of books to place on reserve during the semester in which a course is taught. These reserve books may be used by the students according to the instructions of the professors.

Computers at most centers are available so that students will be able to access the NOBTS Library Computer System. Through this system students are able to search for materials by author, title, and subject. Books may be requested over the system and sent to the student by mail from the main library in New Orleans. Students who have access to the Internet also can access the on-campus library system from their homes. The John T. Christian Library has e-books available for all students as well.

The library has also subscribed to several powerful bibliographic search engines so that many scholarly journals are available online to extension center students. The John T. Christian Library has secured library agreements with several institutions near our extension centers so that students may access those libraries as well. Information on these agreements may be secured at the library on campus or at the extension center office.

The library provides access to 80+ electronic databases and over 160,000 e-books

The Seminary employs Extension Center Librarians who are located at the North Georgia Campus in Marietta, Georgia. The librarians may be reached through the extension center offices at 770.321.1606.