The mission of LAMP Theological Seminary is to equip men and women for effective gospel ministry. This gospel ministry will build healthy hurches and multiply throughout the un-reached ethnic, cultural, and post-Christian people groups in the urban centers of North America, and beyond.
What makes LAMP Theological Seminary unique is its commitment to equipping church leaders without compromising their family life, ministry, and occupation. Students will have a reasonable course load with fewer demands on their time.
The strategy of LAMP Theological Seminary is to train men and women for effective gospel ministry using a practical and reproducible mentor-based model. This mentor based model focuses on calling, character, competency and practical understanding of biblical and theological content.
The vision of LAMP Theological Seminary is to see GOD, by His grace and for His own glory, through the cooperative prayers and efforts of Christ’s Church. Raise up Godly men and women engaged in effective gospel ministry that ignites a powerful church planting and vitalization movement that has an impact on all of North America and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the same time transforms both the heart andthe face of the church. We long to see the nations and communities deeply transformed as the result of people being saved, lives being changed, disciples being made, and needs being met in the name of Jesus Christ. “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Timothy 2:2).
In 1995, Pastor Brian Kelso developed an officer-training program, after three men approached him with a belief that they had a calling to ministry (these men were not seminary trained, but had a strong desire to serve). By 1997, Pastor Brian expanded the officer training and began his work on a non-traditional strategy for training men within PCA ministries. By 1998, Pastor Brian presented his plan to PCA leaders Cortez Copper, Paul Gilcrest, as well as the Atlanta School of Biblical Studies. After presenting his plan, he was encouraged to develop his work and present it to his Presbytery. In 1999, the Southern Florida Presbytery approved the LAMP program as an alternative credentialing model. By 2001, LAMP had seven graduates ready for ordination and gospel ministry. By 2002 LAMP had caught the attention of the Mission to North America (MNA), the church planting & revitalizing ministry of the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America). MNA encouraged LAMP to design the program in a reproducing model that could be use throughout North America. As of this year, LAMP Theological Seminary has 23 learning sites throughout the nation with over 70 students.