Dean of the Seminary

Our graduate educational programs and training are designed to help people at all stages of life and ministry to advance their ministry and professional goals. Our vision is to inspire generations of leaders who will equip the church and engage our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Briercrest Seminary is the graduate-level partner of three Christ-centred, Bible-anchored, ministry-focused schools (Christian Academy, College and Seminary). Our seminary mission is to provide graduate learning pathways toward ministry excellence, personal development, and vocational competency, which are grounded in biblical and theological reflection and equip students to serve God’s kingdom in diverse contexts. It is our firm conviction that learning to follow Jesus is the foundation of leading his people.

We are seeking to make accredited theological education accessible to individuals who are presently serving in ministry or the marketplace.  Our approach to education is built around a unique intensive one-week modular system, though we are increasingly offering online and satellite opportunities for meaningful and in-depth study.  Smaller classes allow for catalytic dialogue and learning and share a fundamental commitment to make biblical and theoretical truths practical and life-related.  All of our graduate degrees are accredited with the largest theological graduate level accrediting agency, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

We are grateful that God continues to send alumni of Briercrest Seminary into many corners of our world and society, filling strategic leadership positions in the church, missions, counselling and health centres, schools, non-profit and marketplace settings.  Many of our students have also gone on to doctoral programs across North America and the UK.

As you investigate how we might assist you on your educational journey, my prayer for you would echo the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians: “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…” (Ephesians 1:17-19). May you grow in all these graces as you follow Jesus in his will and ways for you.

If you have specific academic or policy questions, please contact our Registrar.


Blayne A. Banting, DMin, PhD
Dean of the Seminary
Briercrest College and Seminary

I really appreciate the small, intimate class sizes. I recently had a class with only seven students! This provided an incredible opportunity that allowed for important, in-depth discussions.
Kendra S.