Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) is the seminary of Trinity International University. We offer doctoral and master’s degree programs in Illinois, Florida, Korea, and at extension sites in the U.S. Whichever location you choose, you’ll find a variety of evangelical denominations and theological traditions teaching, studying, serving, and worshiping together.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is the premier institution preparing the next generation of ministers and academic scholars. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia, and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.
TEDS is a broadly evangelical school that prides itself on theological diversity and encourages respectful engagement in difficult conversations and topics while remaining committed to the inerrancy of Scripture. Since our founding, we have taught creative and critical thinking while upholding gospel fidelity in an effort to fulfill the age-old adage, “in the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.”
We are a diverse community of cultures, church traditions, ideas, experiences and stories. Our students come from all walks of life, different parts of the country and around the world with a variety of experiences, hopes, and dreams. Yet we share the same DNA. We are all entrusted with gospel—which requires us to know it, live it, and make it known. We seek to join faith and learning in a distinctive way at each of our TIU schools and Camp Timber-lee, inspiring possibilities as you explore how your Christian faith impacts every area of life.
Our collective desire to worship in faithfulness, mentor in hope, and build bridges in love unifies us all as we pursue academic excellence.
These three cords run through all things Trinity:
WORSHIP IN FAITHFULNESS | MENTOR IN HOPE | BUILD BRIDGES IN LOVE
WORSHIP IN FAITHFULNESS
At TEDS, we believe that a theological education is fully integrated, shaping the whole person—challenging the mind, engaging the heart, and encouraging action. This is how we learn to faithfully worship and engage in a global environment.
Lectures, papers, and readings, combined with faculty-led Formation Groups, community worship in Chapel, and making friends that could lead you to lifelong ministry partnerships, create a TEDS student experience cultivating Christlike wholeness.
In short, worshiping the one, true God permeates every part of life at TEDS.
MENTOR IN HOPE
TEDS has by God’s grace remained faithful and unwavering in its commitment to Scripture. With that truth as our foundation, we mentor students who can interpret Scripture with an eye on the realities of the surrounding society. Through cultural exegesis—studying not only the “what” but also the “why” of today’s landscape—you will learn to imagine how the church can engage and impact the world with a prophetic, gospel-centered voice.
TEDS faculty combine care for you with excellence in scholarship. They minister through research, writing, and local church involvement, and they are deeply invested in teaching and mentoring our students. They take time to know you and your story, and they work with you to help you discern and pursue God’s direction for your life.
BUILD BRIDGES IN LOVE
As we seek to embody the kingdom of God on earth as a faithful community, the Holy Spirit moves us to embrace our denominational and ethnic diversity.
The TEDS student body represents 40 denominations and 38 countries. With more than one-third of students from multicultural or international backgrounds, we have a dedicated department to support our international students and foster cross-cultural understanding through integration into the broader community.
Through our Mosaic Ministries and other student groups, TEDS seeks to embody a Christian unity that encourages cultural intersection, embraces shared insight, and equips Christian leaders for world impact through the biblical mission of reconciliation with God and others. Our goal is that through our studies and actions we create a legacy for building bridges in love in the communities where we live and serve.
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 and from Chicago where you can take advantage of 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 creating opportunities for TEDS students to gather, worship, and serve.