Quick Facts about WTS


Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS) was established in 1942 as a graduate school of theology of Findlay College (renamed The University of Findlay in 1989).  In 1961, WTS received its charter from the State of Ohio, to become an independent, degree-granting institution.

Winebrenner is a fully accredited institution. It is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  Winebrenner is chartered by the State of Ohio and has received a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents.

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103

Approved degrees:  Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Family Ministry, Master of Arts in Church Development, Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

WTS is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

HLC Probation Notice
On July 7, 2015 Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS) received a letter from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) indicating that WTS will be placed on probation following the recommendation of the Comprehensive Visit Team in October 2014. WTS remains accredited by HLC while under this status of probation and is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff are addressing concerns relating to strategic planning and financial stability. WTS remains committed to serving God’s mission of reconciliation in changing the world by preparing servant leaders of the Lord Jesus Christ for effective ministry in the Church and the world.

If you have questions, please contact Kathryn Helleman at  419-434-4256 or by email at kathryn.helleman@winebrenner.edu or you may contact John Hausaman at the Higher Learning Commission by email at info@hlcommission.org or by phone at 312-263-0456.

Click here to read the HLC Public Disclosure Notice.

Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
General: 614-466-6000
FAX: 614-466-5866

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Number of Students enrolled: 107 (Fall 2016)

Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:8

Diversity of Student Body:
Currently, WTS’ student body is comprised of students representing over 23 different denominations and faith communities.

Degrees Awarded:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Family Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Diploma in Pastoral Training

Percent of Student Body enrolled in each degree program:
Master of Divinity = 22%
Master of Arts in Practical Theology = 9%
Master of Arts in Family Ministry = 6%
Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling = 16%
Master of Arts (Theological Studies) = 1%
Doctor of Ministry = 6%
Pastoral Training Institute = 29%

Built in 2003, the WTS facility is 52,000 sq. ft. and houses classrooms, conference rooms, a chapel, the TLB Convocation Center (auditorium) and office space.

Total Number of Alumni: 653

WTS is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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