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South African Theological Seminary

The South African Theological Seminary (SATS) is a fully online, evangelical, distance education institution, based on 3 foundational principles, namely, Bible-based, Christ-centred and Spirit-led. It is fully accredited in English and French by the Council on Higher Education, all the way to the PhD level.

PhD Programmes

Humanities (1)



After much prayer and research into distance learning management and practices, the Seminary opened its doors to the public in June 1996 . The original group of employees numbered three; the visionary founder and principal Dr Christopher Peppler, course writer, Quinton Howitt and  registrar/ administrator, Jenny Mason.


Our mission is to provide Biblical, Christocentric distance education and training to Christians, and leaders in particular, within their local church environment, to equip them to be Holy Spirit empowered members of God’s household


Facilitate the career development of church and other Christian workers by providing degree and other higher education programmes that are academically acceptable to the broad Christian community and relevant to ministry requirements.


  • The South African Theological Seminary is accredited by the Council on Higher Education

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