The formal merger agreement between Moody Bible Institute and Michigan Theological Seminary (MTS) was officially put into place on January 1, 2010. MTS will now be referred to as Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan. The merger, which was approved by the Higher Learning Commission on October 29, 2009, with stipulations, will provide each school with new opportunities for growth and diversity moving forward.
“We conducted an extensive nine month due diligence process surrounding this merger and are confident that we are joining two theologically and doctrinally like-minded schools in a way that will give our students exceptional educational benefits,” said Dr. Charles Dyer, provost and dean of Education for Moody. “It is our goal to use the opportunities this merger provides us to enable students, faculty and staff at both schools to better serve the Lord and His people.”
The merger will join the 400 students of Moody’s seminary program with the 200 students at MTS, and will move Moody into the middle-tier of seminaries. This will allow students access to broader study programs and a diverse faculty in both locations through brilliant classroom technology. Additionally, joining the two schools allows for greater cost savings and efficiency.
“We are excited to officially merge with a school as respected as Moody, while continuing to provide a solid biblical education in the Detroit area,” said Rick Warren, former chairman of the MTS board of trustees. “This merger will provide new opportunities for both schools to be more effective in preparing students for ministry and advancing the Kingdom.”