The SPBTS seal is the symbol for which the school stands. The open book represents the Bible, the word of God, upon which the school anchors its commitment to a solid and strong foundation.
The cross stands for the Gospel that must be carried on by every personnel and alumna of the Southern Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary and to be made known throughout the whole world which is represented by the globe.
The Vision Statement
Train God-called men and women for effective service in God’s Kingdom in the Philippines and beyond.
The Mission Statement
Equip and develop spiritually, academically and socially God-called men and women to recognize and use their God-given gifts and lead churches, associations and conventions to fulfill the Great Commission in the Philippines and Asia.
The General Objectives of SPBTS
In line with its mission statement, SPBTS through its different academic programs aims to:
Brief History of Southern Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary
In 1953 good seeds were sown by Miss Elaine Crotwell, Southern Baptist Missionary, who saw a leadership need of the churches in Mindanao, particularly in the Davao City Area. She had a concern for those called by God into His ministry. Young men and women were anxious for Christian leadership training so they could better preach and teach in the churches.
Miss Crotwell, at the request of churches, began having regular credit length Bible studies in her home. After two years of study, the students asked for more training. Church leaders and pastors were concerned. It was then that Vicente Onggao asked the question, “Why not a Seminary or Bible School in Davao City?”
The seed germinated! Dr. Clyde Jowers and Miss Elaine Crotwell, along with Vicente Onggao, Eduardo Fortuna and others, began making plans. At the annual session of the Philippine Baptist Mission on June 8, 1955, Dr. Jowers made a report concerning the purpose and proposed plans for a Bible School in Davao City. This has been discussed with Dr. Baker J. Cauthen, Executive Secretary, Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
Plans were approved and on July 25, 1955, classes began at Davao Baptist Bible School, a branch of the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible School based in Baguio and under the same Board of Trustees. Dr. Clyde Jowers served as Director.
A two-year course of study was offered with a Bible School diploma or certificate given to those satisfactorily completing the course. Approximately, one-half of the 1955 enrolment had attended college, but not completed their college education.
The enrolment for the first school year was twenty (12 full-time and 8 night students). The first Commencement program was held in 1957 at Immanuel Baptist Church with 10 graduating students.
In 1964, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of Davao Baptist Bible School to Mindanao Baptist Bible School. In July,1969 the school transferred to its new location at Puan, Toril, Davao City.
On September 23, 1982, the Board of Trustees voted that Mindanao Baptist Bible School be given seminary status. The name was changed to Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary/Davao and in 1993 the name was changed to Southern Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary. SPBTS is registered as a Filipino Corporation by virtue of Securities and Exchange Commission registration no. DN0930005042 dated May 23, 2002.
The school was issued a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) permit to enroll students under the Bachelor of Arts program with major in Theology in 2002. The Pre-school program which was stopped for a while was reopened in 2003. The Secondary Education was started in 2004 with the government permit to enroll first and second year High School while the Elementary was started in 2005 with the permit to enroll Grades One (1) and Two (2).
The Seminary is now offering Nursery, Kindergarten I and II, complete Elementary Education program, complete Secondary Education program with government recognition, Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education programs with government recognition.
Directors, Administrators and Presidents
A. Davao Baptist Bible School/Mindanao Baptist Bible School Directors
B. Mindanao Baptist Bible School/SPBTS Presidents