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Authority to Award Degrees


Northwind Theological Seminary’s degree programs are offered under an Exemption for Religious Institutions by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. The Commission has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. Additional information regarding Northwind Theological Seminary may be obtained by contacting:


The Commission for Independent Education

325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414

Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Phone: (888) 224-6684.



Northwind Theological Seminary is a contextualization partner of Kairos University.  "Kairos stewards followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations for the sake of the world." --


As an contextualization partner, NTS leverages most aspects of Kairos while continuing to be a separate legal entity with its own governance, institutional authority, and management structures. NTS provides local mentors, learning resources, and academic support for dually enrolled students.


This collaborative partnership creates a path for current and future NTS students to seek admission into Kairos University to pursue an accredited degree while staying connected to NTS. "It's a Kingdom-collaborative partnership!" --

Kairos University holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and national accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Both accrediting agencies are recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education (CHEA) and are widely recognized and highly respected globally.



Kairos University

Sioux Falls, SD

Phone: (800) 440-6227


Educational Associations


Northwind Theological Seminary is a Charter Member of the CPCA - Certification Commission.


Northwind has completed the CPCA Certification process.

This process included a self-study and site-visit by Commission resulting in:

               Northwind Theological Seminary has been granted.
               Advanced Certification 2022-2032 



Council of Private Colleges of America, Inc.
41 N. 20th Street, A -17
Haines City, Florida 33844-4638
Phone:  407-796-9749



Northwind Theological Seminary is a degree-granting Member of the Florida Council of Private Colleges, Inc. (FCPC). The FCPC represents its private, faith-based, post-secondary educational institution members before any individual, private, or government educational organization. The FCPC educational standards are patterned after our early historical educational institutions of higher learning for the following components: faculty qualifications, academic curriculum, course development, campus & distance learning operations, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, application forms, financial information, and student records and transcripts. 


Florida Council of Private Colleges
41 N. 20th Street, A -17
Haines City, Florida 33844-4638
Phone:  850-633-4080


In July of 2020 Northwind joined the Digital Theological Library as a co-owner institution with a seat on the DTL Board.

NTS Master's Degree Students receive 1 hour of consultation with a DTL Reference Librarian.

NTS Doctoral Students receive 2 hours of consultation with a DTL Reference Librarian.

Additional consultations are available for a fee.


As of 10/5/19, the DTL has licensed over 600,000 ebooks, including:

 over 275,000 from the last 25 years
 over 160,000 from the last 10 years
 over 63,000 from the last 5 years

o over 150 databases
o over 22,000 journal titles
o over 50,000,000 full-text, peer-reviewed, articles
o over 100,000 musical scores


Northwind is a member of ACCESS

ACCESS is a community of online Christian educators representing a diverse array of learning institutions and organizations, accessible education, and a commitment to making theological education distinctly Christian. Our commitment to online education is to be more intentional about expanding our reach. One of our responsibilities as Christians is to be co-missioners with Christ in the mission of the church. We are also intentional about the formation of a community of learners. ACCESS is a unique organization that provides leadership in Christian distance education by collectively engaging a community of scholars, practitioners, and educators.


Northwind is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society

The Wesleyan Theological Society (WTS) is an established and growing group of scholars who have joined for several reasons: to encourage the exchange of ideas among Wesleyan-Holiness theologians; stimulate scholarship among younger theologians, pastors, and inquiring laity; and to publish a scholarly journal twice a year.

The Wesleyan Theological Society meets together for an academic conference each year, typically the first full weekend in March. This annual meeting is a well-attended forum intended to give members an opportunity to share Wesleyan scholarship with others. Sessions may be devoted to specific topics within biblical studies, global missions, philosophy, pastoral theology, psychology & religion, cultural studies, and systematic theology, among others.


Northwind is a member of The Association of Christian Librarians

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through the development of members, services, and scholarship. The members of ACL are a diverse group of Christian librarians who serve in universities, colleges, seminaries, public libraries, and schools across the globe. 

Dr. Carl Savage, Dean of Degree Programs, is the NTS staff liaison to the ACL.

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