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Ascension Theological College
Introduction: Ascension Theological College is the ordination program of the Ascension Alliance. It is a non-accredited institution, operating legally with religious exempt status in the state of Washington. It strives to offer a high-quality, highly decentralized, program of study to prepare future "barefoot priests" and ministers.
Description of the Program: Offers aspirants to the priesthood with a full range of courses in the required fundamental areas of knowledge. Students negotiate a learning covenant with their formation committee that allows the maximum possible flexibility in learning venues, depending on the interests of the student and learning resources available in their local area. Candidates who already have an M.Div degree from an accredited institution, three years of ministry experience, and who are engaged in active ministry may be admitted to study at the doctoral level. The faculty includes talented professors, clergy, and spiritual directors.
Degrees Awarded: The college can lawfully grant college credits and award the following degrees: B.D, Bachelor of Divinity, M.Div, Master of Divinity, and D.Min, Doctor of Ministry.
Catalog: For a pdf version of the catalog click here.
Most Rev. Alan R. Kemp, D.Min
Rector, Ascension Theological College
17206 144th Street KP N
Gig Harbor, WA 98329
Web site:
Phone: 253 961-9775


Sanctus Theological Institute
Introduction: Sanctus Theological Institute is a non-accredited institution, currently operating from Michigan and California as a chartered ministry of the Franciscans of the Blessed Sacrament, an independent Catholic group. It also operates as a non-denominational ministry of The Christic Ministry. See their web site for a more complete description.
Description of the Program: A self-paced program serving a limited number of students. Candidates for admission must be at least 27 years of age. Serves selected ministries in Africa and poorer third world nations free of charge, especially those affiliated with bishops in the United States.
Degrees Awarded: The institute offers the following credentials: LST, Licentiate in Sacred Theology, M.Div, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Philosophy.
Rev. Jim Waters
Chancellor, Sanctus Theological Institute
523 SW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
Web site:
Phone: 503-490-7612

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