About Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School (TEDS)

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is broadly evangelical seminary community united around the gospel of the life, death, resurrection, and return of Christ Jesus.

Our Dean, Graham A. Cole, often says that the TEDS experience consists of “hospitable evangelicalism.” We follow the centuries’ old adage: in the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity. People of different denominational and theological traditions teach, study, serve, and worship together within an institution committed to the authority of Scripture and the saving gospel proclaimed through it.

The faculty remains faithful to God’s revelation in the gospel of Christ and reliant on the Holy Spirit—all with an eye on caring for and nurturing the church. Students and faculty are drawn to TEDS not only from all over North America, but from every continent in the world.

Our Purpose

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School exists to serve the church of the Living God by equipping servants for the work of the gospel of Christ worldwide.

Our Values

God’s world and Christ’s church need people with a love of the triune God, a love of the Word of God, a love of the gospel, and a heart for other people. Trinity exists to foster these very values, and to nurture the spiritual life and practices that go with them, doing so in ways that engage the head, the heart and the hands.

A Proven Track Record

Approximately 85 percent of Trinity’s Master of Divinity students are successfully placed in ministry positions within six months of graduation. In addition to ministry, students who graduate from the master’s degree programs serve in teaching, counseling, and many other professional fields.

TEDS’s academic and professional doctoral programs serve nearly 300 active students. Trinity offers an academic doctorate—the Doctor of Philosophy with concentrations in three areas: Educational Studies, Intercultural Studies, and Theological Studies. Graduates of the academic doctoral programs have been placed in faculty, administrative, and church positions around the world. Trinity’s professional Doctor of Ministry program is designed to enhance the skills and effectiveness of men and women already involved in ministry.

A Global Community of Believers

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is one of the largest seminaries in the world. The divinity school enrolls approximately 1,200 students from across the world. Hundreds of students take advantage of opportunities available through online study and extension sites. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offers seven master’s and two doctoral degrees in different concentrations of study, as well as a one-year certificates in Christian Studies and Educational Ministries.

A Great Location

Our beautifully wooded main campus is located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago in Deerfield, Illinois. This location provides TEDS students with the best of both urban and suburban life. A swift train ride brings you to Chicago where you can take advantage of the recreational, educational, and ministry opportunities while also enjoying the city’s cultural entertainments. Many wonderful churches are located in the neighborhoods and towns surrounding our Deerfield campus where TEDS students gather, worship and serve.


For many, TEDS is the right place to learn, grow, and prepare to serve in ministry. Few decisions are more important then choosing a seminary for ministry training. We invite you to explore TEDS.

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