Preparing God's people for the service of
Jesus Christ

Welcome to the
Robert E. Cooley
Theological Seminary

Welcome to the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, a newly established seminary that prepares men and women for service in the Worldwide Christian Church. We are proud to honor Dr. Robert E. Cooley, a distinguished educator and visionary leader, by naming our seminary after him. Dr. Cooley was called to be with the Lord on April 1, 2021, and we are committed to continuing his legacy and vision for a non-denominational theological education.

Who We Are

At the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, we seek to provide accessible, affordable, and innovative theological education to students from all over the world. Our professors form an affinity group that we call a cohort, which means they go to students rather than the other way around. This saves time and money for the student. 

We offer ATS accredited degrees and certificates in several areas of study, and our mentored ministry approach trains students to be pastors, youth ministers, local community chaplains, or highly qualified Sunday school teachers. We partner with Kairos University, churches, and other ministries to strengthen the reach and depth of the seminary. Our curriculum emphasizes traditional orthodox Christian thought, incorporating modern technology and innovative strategies to help our students thrive in today’s changing world.

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Dr. Robert E. Cooley

Dr. Robert Earl Cooley was born on September 12, 1930, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was an accomplished researcher, professor, seminary president, and administrator, gaining national and international distinction not only as a preeminent scholar but also as a strategist, a futurist, and an innovative leader in theological education. In addition, Dr. Cooley was a pioneer in distance learning, a much sought-after expert in the governance of charitable institutions, and a founding member of the board of directors for the Museum of the Bible. Dr. Cooley was also known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible, and his love of Biblical archaeology and its ability to authenticate the scripture and bring it alive. Throughout his career, Dr. Cooley traveled the world to promote Christian theological education internationally. We are proud to honor his legacy by naming our seminary after him.

Our Curriculum

Charting Your Path to Ministry

At the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, we believe that theological education should be accessible, affordable, and above all, transformative. That’s why we offer a range of degree and certificate programs designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience you need to succeed in ministry.

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible and adaptable, so you can chart your own path to success. Whether you’re pursuing a degree or seeking to enhance your ministry skills through continuing education, we have a program that’s right for you.

Our degree programs include a Master of Divinity, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. We also offer a range of certificate programs in areas like biblical studies, leadership, and pastoral care.
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Student Experience

At Robert E. Cooley Seminary, we’re dedicated to providing a truly unique and impactful student experience. With our flexible online learning platform and the guidance of experienced mentors, our students are empowered to take control of their theological education and pursue their calling in the Church.

Our online platform is designed to meet the needs of busy students, providing access to coursework and resources 24/7. You can study from anywhere in the world, on your own schedule. And with our mentored ministry approach, you’ll gain practical training and real-world experience, honing your skills and deepening your understanding of ministry.

We’re proud to partner with Kairos University, which provides administrative support, training, and accreditation for our program. And with the support of our passionate faculty and staff, you’ll have everything you need to thrive in your studies and your ministry.

"Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary remains committed to serious study of Scripture in its full context. This means study of the ancient artifacts and the lands in which the events of Scripture took place. Other seminaries have reduced their course offerings in Scripture and the biblical languages; Cooley Theological Seminary has not. If you are serious about Scripture, then this is the seminary for you."
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Dr. Craig A. Evans, PhD
Noted author and Biblical scholar, John Bisagno Distinguished, Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Christian University

Faculty & Staff


Contact Us

We invite you to contact us to learn more about the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, our programs, and our mission. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to connecting with you.