The Baptismal Seminary of Atlanta (BSA) in Atlanta, Georgia, has been offering women biblical perspectives for nearly a decade, according to the seminary’s website.
The BSA’s curriculum is designed to include more than 1,300 hours of teaching, including theological, biblical, and philosophical topics.
The seminary has also expanded its program to include women’s theology and biblical studies.
Women have historically been the majority of BSA faculty.
The school has since established a Women’s Leadership Council, with a board of directors that includes women and students of color.
In 2015, BSA added a special program for women and people of color to their curriculum.
According to BSA spokesperson Natalie Burchard, women are the largest and most diverse group of students in the semiautonomous school.
“The BSA strives to provide a welcoming environment for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in a rigorous, experiential learning experience that will serve to advance our mission of biblical instruction,” Burchards bio states.
BSA has a long history of offering women’s perspectives, with the school’s founder, Joseph M. Smith, a Baptist minister.
In a 2002 letter, Smith said he was inspired by the work of the women’s Bible study group at the Baptist Theological Seminary, a seminary for Southern Baptist Christians in which he was the dean.
The women’s group was founded in 1903 by William and Flora Johnson, who opened a Bible school in Birmingham, Alabama.
Smith said that in his ministry, he focused on helping people to “embrace and embrace God” as a way of life.
He also wrote that “women’s issues have always been central to my work.”