Founding and Leadership
TEBS was founded in 2002 under the direction of Dr. Deryck J. Hunte, who serves as President.
Trinity Evangelical Bible Seminary is a non-profit religious corporation chartered by the State of Texas and has been granted tax-exempt status by the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts and by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.
TEBS is authorized to grant degrees by the State of Texas and is in compliance with Texas Statutes pursuant to religious institutions.
Reason why we are not pursing national accreditation
(1) to keep our expenses low, enabling TEBS to maintain its very low tuition rates – pursuit of accreditation would require a dramatic increase in costs passed on to the student and when a student is completed the student will not have any loans to payback therefore the student will be free to work in ministry; (2) to maintain doctrinal autonomy, and (3) to continue the utilization of TEBS educated faculty to ensure theological and philosophical consistency with the doctrinal statement and mission of TEBS. Pursuit of accreditation would make this increasingly difficult.
Therefore, TEB is an institution that is not under the jurisdiction or purview of the commission on independent education, is not required to obtain licensure, and does not operate under governmental oversight. The degree programs of TEBS are designed solely for religious purposes.
Because of the high standards set by TEBS administration and faculty, we are poised to be considered “accredited” and will always maintain a high level of education.
Because of the convictions of our board and in support of religious freedom and the separation of church and state, TEB has elected not to request official recognition as school from the U.S. Department of Education.
Persons whose professional or career goals require certification by a state or federal government agency should check in advance to determine whether a degree from TEB Seminary would be acceptable. Individuals needing to earn a regionally accredited degree in one of the disciplines offered by TEB Seminary may wish to investigate comparable programs offered at more traditional on-campus institutions currently accredited by a regional association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Our mission is Transformation while equipping and education