Important Accreditation Information

Institutions desiring ARTS accreditation go through a process of self-evaluation to determine if their mission and goals are in agreement with those stipulated by the Association. Following completion of the self-evaluation, full membership is determined by the Commission on Accreditation via the process described in the Association's Bylaws, the Commission's Policies and Procedures, and Standards of Accreditation. Any institution desiring ARTS accredited membership should consult the documents provided on this page, or complete the contact form to request additional information.

ARTS Commission on Accreditation

adamson_steveExecutive Director for ARTS Commission on Accreditation

Dr. Steven C. Adamson

Steve is the Executive Director of ARTS' Commission on Accreditation. Prior to this post, he served as a college and seminary professor, distance education dean, visiting pastor, independent consultant, and telecommunications engineer. He has B.S. (Computer Science) and M.S. (Mathematics) degrees from the University of Nebraska, an M.Div. from Sangre de Cristo Seminary, and a Ph.D. (Historical Apologetics) from the University of Aberdeen. Steve has also done doctoral work in Operations Research at George Washington University.

The following five commissioners make-up the ARTS Commission on Accreditation


  • Chairman of the ARTS-COA: Class of 2019 - Academic Member: Dr. Thaddeus James - Vice President Birmingham Theological Seminary

  • Secretary/Treasurer of the ARTS-COA: Class of 2017 - Academic Member: Dr. Ben Shaw - Associate Professor of Hebrew & Old Testament and Academic Dean Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary


  • Class of 2017 - Academic Member: Dr. Michael Barrett - Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary


  • Class of 2019 - Public Representative: Dr. G. Steven Suits


  • Class of 2019 - Public Representative: Mr. Lewis Young

Actions and Announcements

October 17, 2016 - Metro Atlanta Seminary of Atlanta, GA was granted ARTS Accreditation Status by the ARTS Commission on Accreditation at its annual meeting held October 17, 2016, at Birmingham Theological Seminary.

September 28, 2016 - Universidad Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano of Florida and Colombia has been approved by the ARTS Commission on Accreditation as an affiliate member.

August 17, 2016 - PUBLIC NOTICE - The ARTS Commission on Accreditation will hold its annual meeting from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Birmingham Theological Seminary.

August 8, 2016 - Heidelberg Theological Seminary of Sioux Falls, SD has been approved by the ARTS Commission on Accreditation as an affiliate member.

July 5, 2016 - PUBLIC NOTICE: Metro Atlanta Seminary (MAS) has been approved for ARTS Candidate status. Their public accreditation site-visit is scheduled for August 18-20, 2016 at MAS Atlanta offices.

July 1, 2016 - ARTS welcomes Mr. Lewis Young as its newest commissioner for the ARTS Commission on Accreditation.

May 15, 2016 - PUBLIC NOTICE: ARTS Commission on Accreditation is conducting its 10-year accreditation reaffirmation review of Birmingham Theological Seminary on June 16 - 18, 2016.

May 7, 2016 - ARTS Commission on Accreditation welcomes Tyndale International University as an affiliate member.

April 15, 2016 - Birmingham Theological Seminary's 10-year ARTS accreditation reaffirmation site-visit is scheduled for June 16-18, 2016.

November 3, 2015 - Metro Atlanta Seminary granted ARTS Applicant Status.

October 5, 2015 - ARTS Commission on Accreditation annual meeting will be at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taylors, South Carolina from 1 pm - 6 pm. Download ARTS Commissioners Minutes to read meeting minutes.

August 11, 2015 - A warm welcome to Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary as an affiliate member of ARTS.

July 25, 2015 -  ARTS and the ARTS Commissioners welcome Reformed Baptist Seminary as an ARTS Affiliate Member.

October 20, 2014 - The ARTS Commission on Accreditation held its annual meeting at New Geneva Seminary, Colorado Springs, Colorado from 4-7 pm.

August 2014 - ARTS is pleased to welcome Whitefield Theological Seminary as an ARTS affiliate.

July 2014 - ARTS is delighted to welcome The North American Reformed Seminary as an ARTS affiliate.