About SDCS

Training men to fully minister the Word of God

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7) listen to chapter (Read by Marquis Laughlin. Provided by Sola Scriptura.)

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About Sangre de Cristo Seminary

  • Our strength is in-depth Bible study (exegesis), learning the Biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek).
  • We do a careful study of systematic theology with the underlying exegesis as the basis.
  • We are small, and intimate (7-14 students).
  • Costs are kept low.  We want our students to leave with little or no debt if at all possible.
  • We are located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.  This is a beautiful, majestic range of mountains.


During the summer a full semester’s work is offered. Because of our cool summers in the shadow of Horn Peak and other spectacular peaks, we can attract some outstanding visiting professors who combine teaching with a vacation for their families. Each teacher comes for one or two weeks, and teaches a concentrated course in the area of their expertise.

Below is a list of visiting teachers from past summers.

Dr. Robert L. AldenRev. Arthur AmesRev. Bruce Backensto
Dr. Craig BlombergDr. Gordon H. ClarkDr. E. Clark Copeland
Dr. David C. CottonDr. Ralph R. CovellDr. D. Ralph Davis
Dr. Bruce A. DemarestRev. Garrett DeWeeseRev. Raymond E. Feeck
Dr. Elizabeth C. GeorgeDr. Thomas M. GregoryRev. Clark H. Harbach
Rev. Theodore HardDr. Richard A. HertelBishop Theophilus J. Herter
Rev. and Mrs. John HuntDr. David C. JonesRev. Russell Kent
Dr. Simon KistemakerDr. Henry KrabbendamDr. and Mrs. Robert Leivers
Rev. J. Bruce MartinRev. Paul MartinDr. Reginald McClelland
Rev. Gene W. MullenDr. C. W. PowellDr. Robert J. Ream
Rev. Merrit RectorRev. Ronald ShawDr. William Shell
Dr. Alvin R. SnellerRev. John F. SoperDr. Wayne R. Spear
Rev. Randy L. SteeleDr. Robert D. StuartDr. Stan R. Tyvoll
Rev. Robert O. WahlDr. John Zens


During the falls we have a full semester with resident professors giving particular attention to the Biblical Languages, Exegesis, Practice Teaching, Preaching and Worship, Bible Survey, Homiletics and Hermeneutics.

Spring Studies

From January through May, courses in Greek Exegesis, Hebrew Exegesis and Student Teaching or Preaching are required for two years. One year a student takes Greek Exegesis and Student Teaching or Preaching, and another year Hebrew Exegesis and Student Teaching or Preaching. This program is thoroughly explained to students during the fall semesters. By doing this, it is our hope to connect the formal study with practical experience. These courses are given in residence with the provision that students may choose to take them off campus. However, if a student is a veteran and receiving VA educational benefits for education, he must be in residence in order to receive VA benefits for these courses.


The Seminary offers the Master of Divinity Degree, Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology Degree and the Diploma in Biblical Studies. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves each of these programs.

The Seminary is a member of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS). Full Accreditation was granted in November 2003.

The Seminary offers the Master of Divinity Degree, Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology Degree and the Diploma in Biblical Studies. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves each of these programs.

Sangre de Cristo Seminary is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans’ benefits.

Graduates of the Seminary have earned advanced standing for post-graduate studies in a number of seminaries and universities. Graduates have also qualified for service in the chaplaincy of the United States Armed forces


The doctrinal position of Sangre de Cristo Seminary follows the historic tradition of the Protestant Reformation. This School is based upon the premise that the Scriptures are TRUE and without error in their original form. Biblical Christianity dictates the philosophy of education of the school. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world and that apart from faith in His atoning work there is no redemption. The doctrinal statements as stated below are the basic presuppositions which shall dominate the classroom. At all times the Scriptures are the authority for whatever is being taught. The Scriptures are to be regarded as true , they are to be reverenced , and they are to be obeyed . Reading the Scriptures, prayers and singing hymns and psalms are a regular part of seminary life.

We believe the doctrines of the Scriptures as stated in the three ancient statements: The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Creed of Chalcedon . We also hold to those doctrines which are common to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, The Westminster Confession of Faith, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Canons of Dort and The Philadelphia Confession of Faith. Copies of these may be found on the Reserve Shelf of the School’s Library. A student at Sangre de Cristo Seminary is not required to take a specific position on church government, form of baptism, or the sequence of events at Christ’s Second Coming, in order to pass a course or to graduate from this School.


The purpose of Sangre de Cristo Seminary (School for Biblical Studies) is to glorify God by preparing students to serve in various aspects of Christian service with an emphasis on being effective teachers and preachers of God’s Word with exegetical and communication skills.

Master of Divinity and Diploma

The objective of the School is to train students to effectively teach and preach and to minister skillfully with the necessary tools to interpret the Scriptures. While doing this, we want to make our training available at the lowest possible cost with the highest standard of teaching. In keeping with these objectives, the School’s academic purpose is to grant: (1) a diploma to individuals who have not finished college, or (2) a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree to those who have completed college. Either of the above can be obtained by the completion of the School’s three year curriculum with a total of 105 semester hours.

Upgrading to the Master of Divinity Degree

Students who have earned the Diploma in Biblical Studies may upgrade to the Master of Divinity Degree. To qualify for the change, the student must:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree from an approved college.
  2. Submit an official transcript of the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Apply for the upgrade in writing, with an application fee.
  4. Write and submit an approved integration thesis.

The integration thesis is a paper written by the student which demonstrates the student’s integration of his theological and undergraduate learning.

Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology

Since there are students who want a limited number of courses and do not intend to enter the pastorate, a Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology (M.A.E.T.) is offered. The courses in this program are selected from the three-year program. Those seeking this degree must have earned an acceptable Bachelor’s degree. This program may be completed three or four semesters. The student may concentrate on either New Testament Greek, Old Testament Hebrew or both. A minimum of three semesters must be taken in residence. This program requires a total of 56 semester hours of which the following are required:

  • Essentials of New Testament Greek (Or Essentials of Old Testament Hebrew)
  • Spring Greek Exegesis (Or Hebrew Exegesis)
  • Spring Preaching and Teaching
  • Greek Exegesis (Or Hebrew Exegesis)
  • New Testament Survey (Or Old Testament Survey)
  • A Thesis

No more than ten semester hours may be transferred into this program. A student who is seeking a M.A.E.T. must understand that this degree is not designed for those who seek to enter the pastorate.

M.A.E.T. Thesis

The Thesis Project for the Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology is the final requirement for this degree. Through this four-semester hour project the student will demonstrate a competence in exegesis in either the Old or New Testament. The student may submit a proposal of his own project in an area of exegetical study that is of particular interest to him. A project proposal is to be submitted to and approved by the advising instructor. The project should not only show competence in exegesis but also creativity and imagination in using exegetical skills.


In order to guarantee complete freedom for Sangre de Cristo Seminary to operate under the Lord of the Church, without any secular influences, the Seminary does not plan to apply for accreditation with any of the secular accrediting agencies. The Seminary is committed to operating with academic and administrative standards equal to or higher than those set by accrediting agencies. These accreditation agencies are the usual means by which a school is recognized by the Federal Department of Education. Schools that do not seek this recognition may not be eligible for federal scholarships or grants or for the deferment of federal scholarships accepted for previous education.

After reviewing the academic programs of Sangre de Cristo Seminary many other seminaries and churches have recognized our M. Div. curriculum as being in compliance with their own standards. Given this, it is the conviction of the Seminary that as our graduates receive acceptance with the Church, this is the ultimate accreditation for a seminary.

This conviction has led Sangre de Cristo Seminary to pursue membership with the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS). ARTS is committed to serving the church through seminaries and is independent of secular accrediting agencies and the Federal Department of Education. Sangre de Cristo Seminary earned full accreditation in November 2003..


Sangre de Cristo School for Biblical Studies (Sangre de Cristo Seminary – trade name) is incorporated in the State of Colorado as a non-profit corporation. It has also been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization for contributions.