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The Mission of Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary is to practically and professionally prepare God-called men and women to impact the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Church, the academy, and specialized ministries.

Our Mandate: “To proclaim the power of the gospel by healing the sick, mending broken hearts, feeding the hungry, cleaning the lepers, setting the captives free and leading humanity to the sacred heart of Jesus Christ.”

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Tuition Scholarship Opportunities 
NEW! Baptist Pastor's & Ministry Spouses Scholarship 

Artists, Liturgical Dancers, Break Dancers, Iconograph Scholarship    

3 Partial  Master Level Scholarships

5 Full Scholarships for Music Ministers/Musicians 

A Seminary for the times. Founded in 1812 as the Baptist Training Union by free and escaped enslaved persons, Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary has a heart for scriptural interpretation, scholarship, sacred music, skills, and specialized ministries. With a rich history of practical and professional preparation, Wayland continues to equip pastors, ministers, scholars, music ministers, musicians, global service apostles (missions workers), and church workers for a variety of ministries in the church, the academy, and the world. 

Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary is like no other, balancing practical application and scholarship by prepared clergypersons and academicians utilizing our pastor-prophet-priest and professor-prophet-practitioner system for instruction and equipping. Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary is the choice for specialized ministry preparation, testing intellect against standards of excellence, and working from a historic Baptist perspective hermeneutically, in identity, ecclesiology and practice, historically, theologically, and in polity. 



(804) 404-5617


Mailing Address: 

Post Office Box 1103

Wilmington, DE 19899

210th Commencement Ceremony




Convening: The People's Community Baptist Church
31 Norwood Road | Silver Spring, MD 20905

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Seminarian Graduands

Sara Linnet Blanford
Master of Sacred Music 
Master of Theological Studies 

Elianna N. Bullock
Master of Business Administration 

Sharon R. Wells
Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care)
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care

Ethel Boyd Williams 
Master of Divinity (Advanced)

Undergraduate Graduands

DeMarcus Bethea 
Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) 

Albert N. Jarman, II 
Bachelor of Arts (Interdisciplinary) 

Darryl M. Mance 
Bachelor of Arts (Classical Education) 

Certificate Graduands
Nafis G. Singleton 
Certificate of Biblical & Theological Studies 

Festivities Speakers 


Baccalaureate Preacher  
The Rev. Dr. Tisha Dixon Williams 


Commencement Speaker
The Rev. Jarrod Phillips 

Graduation Events

Rehearsal and Chancellor’s Reception

Friday, June 3 | 8:10 AM

Graduation rehearsal is mandatory for all students who are attending the graduation ceremony in person. Family is welcome to accompany their graduate, but they will not be allowed to stay with them past check-in due to crowding concerns. One of our volunteers will be happy to show guests where they can go to watch the rehearsal.

The Chancellor’s Reception will take place immediately following the commencement.


Baccalaureate Service Ceremony

Friday, June 3 | 9:00 AM

The Baccalaureate Service Ceremony will take place at The People’s Community Baptist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland.


Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 3 | 10:45 AM

The commencement ceremony will take place at The People’s Community Baptist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland.


We are currently planning for an in-person baccalaureate service and commencement ceremony at The People’s Community Baptist Church on Friday, June 3, 2022. Check above announcement for times.

Regardless of participation in the virtual events of 2020 or 2021, any previously eligible graduate who did not have the opportunity to walk at an in-person commencement were invited to participate in this year’s in-person commencement ceremony.

Family and friends of graduands who are not able to attend in person can watch the Commencement livestream on Wayland’s YouTube channel.


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Upcoming Courses

School of Theology

School of Plain Theology

Graduate School


Eastertide Trimester

(5 Weeks)

April 25 - May 26, 2022



THEO 777 - Liturgics & Black Spirituality

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Professor: Dr. John Harris

Lockridge College &

Adult Undergraduate Studies 


Spring II Mini-Semester 

(5 Weeks)

April 25 - May 26, 2022



BUS220: Business in a Pandemic

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Student Instructor: Min. Elianna N. Bullock


THE103: Freshman Theology  

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EST


Ordinary Trimester/Fall Semester Schedules

Ordinary/Fall Booklist


New Faculty Lecturers 


Rev. Jennifer L. Carner

Faculty Lecturer (Theology & Rhetoric)


Denominational Affiliation:

National Baptist Convention, USA

Area of Interests:

Epistemology, Rhetorical
Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, World Religions, Systematic Theology, African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric


Dr. Gregory P. Nelson

Faculty Lecturer (Methodist Studies)


Denominational Affiliation:

African Methodist Episcopal Church 

Area of Interests:

Methodist Studies, Methodist History, Methodist Discipline 


Dr. Tisha Dixon Williams

Faculty Lecturer (Practical Theology)


Denominational Affiliation:

Missionary Baptist Conference, USA


Area of Interests:

Biblical Studies, Marriage & Family, Practical Theology, Pastoral Ministry

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