Chafer Theological Seminary

Key Contact: Dennis Rosker

The mission of Chafer Theological Seminary is to glorify God in partnership with local churches by training Bible teachers and equipping disciples for service in building up the body of Christ.

We chose to name our seminary after Lewis Sperry Chafer because we admire the godly example he set, particularly his clarity in defense of God’s grace and his consistent reliance upon Scripture in a time when many had forsaken the gospel. Dr. Chafer championed the grace of God in salvation and in the Christian’s post conversion life.


Literal Hermeneutics. We apply a consistently literal (historical and grammatical) hermeneutic in every section of Scripture.

Emphasis on Greek and Hebrew Exegesis. We believe that teaching the Word of God from the original languages best builds believers in the faith for fruitful service. Therefore, Greek and Hebrew exegesis is foundational to our school’s educational program.

The Sufficiency of Scriptures. We believe in the complete adequacy of Scripture, for in it God has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” We hold, therefore, that the Word of God by itself is sufficient to prepare a person for a lifetime of effective ministry.

Distinct Theology. As a result of our literal hermeneutic, we believe that Israel and the Church are distinct entities forever and that God’s purpose in history is to bring glory to Himself.

The Freeness of God’s Grace. We hold fast to “true grace”—that God saves mankind by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. No works before, during, or after the moment of initial faith in Christ contribute anything to the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life that one receives through faith in Jesus Christ. The absence of good works during or after the moment of faith subtracts nothing from one’s eternal position in Christ. However, good works determine whether a believer will receive eternal rewards.