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.

on Accreditation

The following commissioners make-up the ARTS Commission on Accreditation

  • Dr. Dennis Bennett. Class of 2025- Academic Member: Chairman of the ARTS-COA
  • Kyle Kearbey. Class of 2025- Vice-Chairman of the ARTS-COA
  • Dr. John Battle. Class of 2025- Academic Member:
  • Dr. Thad James. Class of 2028- Academic Member: 
  • Paul Bauman.  Class of 2027 – Academic Member
  • Dr. Patrick Morgan.  Class of 2027 – Public Representative
  • Dana Blair.  Class of 2027 – Public Representative

Dr. Sidney Dyer.  Alternative COA Academic Representative (Non-voting)

Executive Director for ARTS Commission on Accreditation

Dr. Glenn C. Hoyle

Glenn was appointed Executive Director of ARTS’ Commission on Accreditation effective January 1, 2023. His background is as a training and development professional specializing on the development of online programs and courses.  He also served as a member of the ARTS Commission on Accreditation and volunteers assisting with distance learning for online theological programs in Spanish throughout Latin America. In consulting, his recent clients include the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; AbbVie, Regulatory Affairs Training and Strategic Operations; and the Education Corporation of America.    He also served as a Senior Program Development Manager in the Global Education Services department with Wiley where he worked with colleges and universities in designing, implementing and evaluating online programs and courses.  His expertise includes creating program assessment plans, conducting program reviews, leading sessions on quality improvements, course and curriculum development. He has direct prior experience as a manager of instructional effectiveness and with the office of instructional research in higher education, and has served as a member of the Chicago Area Assessment Group (CAAG).



    December 15, 2023, ARTS-COA votes to approve Appliant status to Faith Theological Seminary of Catonsville, pending paymet of application fee.  Gate Institute is also approved by the COA as a new affiliate institution.

    October 5-6, 2023, ARTS-COA conducts Annual Meeting on the campus of CBTS in Owensboro, KY. In official actions the ARTS-COA voted to award accreditation to Metro Baltimore Seminary, and accreditation with a letter of notation to Grace Bible Theological Seminary.

    September 12-13, 2023, The COA conducts a site visit of Western Reformed Seminary for its 10-year reaccreditation.

    September 7, 2023, The COA votes to issue a Letter of Commendation and Continuance to Metro Atlanta Seminary (MAS) based on the successful resolution of the issues in the letter of notation from the MAS site visit in 2022.

    April 18-19, 2023, The COA conducts a site visit for Grace Bible Theological Seminary in Conway, Arkansas.

    March 22-23, 2023, The COA conducts a site visit for the Metro Baltimore Seminary.

    March 10, 2023, Metro Baltimore Seminary and Grace Bible Theological Seminary achieve Candidate status on the basis of their initial Self-Studies.

    February 14, 2023, ARTS BOD votes to confirm two new public representatives to the COA, Patrick Morgan and Dana Blair.

    Feburary 10, 2023, COA issues a letter of notation to Metro Atlanta Seminary for follow up items on its site visit.


    November 20, 2022, COA votes to approve Carey International University of Theology as an Affiliate Member.

    November 14, 2022, Members of the COA meet with CHEA Commissioners in Washington D.C. for accreditation review.

    October 7, 2022, Annual ARTS meeting held in Birmingham, AL.

    July 13-14, 2022, Metro Atlanta Seminary 5-Year Re-affirmation Self-Study completed

    January 14, 2022, COA votes to expand its committee from five to seven members


    July 2021, Toronto Baptist Seminary Initial Site-visit conducted

    October 7, 2021, Toronto Baptist Seminary voted to be received as members by the COA

    October 7, 2021, Grace Bible Theological Seminary submit application for accreditation

    October 8, 2021, Annual ARTS Meeting facilitated

    October 8, 2021, ARTS Constitution amended

    October 24, 2021, Metro Baltimore Seminary submits application for accreditation

    November 8-9, 2021, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 10-Year Re-affirmation Self-Study completed


    October 8, 2020, Toronto Baptist Seminary approved as a candidate for ARTS accreditation

    October 9, 2020, ARTS Annual Meeting facilitated via zoom

    November 5, 2020, Tyndale International University is denied applicant status

    2020, ARTS submits CHEA application


    October 3-4, 2019, ARTS Annual Meeting facilitated

    2019, Geneva Reformed Seminary voluntarily withdraws from ARTS Membership

    2019, 10-year reaffirmation self-study conducted for Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

    July 26-28, 2019, Initial Site-visit for Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary Conducted by COA

    October 3, 2019, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary admitted as member

    October 10, 2019, COA approved Toronto Baptist Seminary as an applicant for ARTS accreditation.

    October 10, 2019, The COA approved Tyndale International University as an applicant for ARTS accreditation


    October 15, 2018 – The ARTS Commission on Accreditation approved Tyndale International University as an applicant for ARTS accreditation.


    March 31, 2017 – The ARTS Commission on Accreditation has approved Grace Bible Institute as the newest ARTS affiliate.


    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 ARTS affiliate.

    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 ARTS affiliate.

    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 ARTS affiliate.

    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. 

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

    July 25, 2015 –  ARTS and the ARTS Commissioners welcome Reformed Baptist Seminary as an ARTS affiliate.


    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.

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